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Jakarta Post

Boeing jet design flaw led to Lion Air JT610 crash: KNKT

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  12:56 pm
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Members of the United States National Transportation Safety Board analyze debris from Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta. The plane crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, 2018 shortly after departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has found that errors in the design of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet as well as a lack of information on how to deal with failures in one of the aircraft’s control systems were among several factors causing a deadly crash of Lion Air flight JT610 last year. The downed aircraft, a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, 2018 shortly after taking off for a flight from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands. All 189 passengers and crew members on board, including three minors, were killed in the accident. In a presentation for the families of the victims obtained by The Jakarta Post, the committee said the crashed aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was approved based on incorrect assumptions.  The system adjusts the aircraft by bringing its nose down w...