Faults in two more Lion jets

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

IN­DONE­SIA’S t rans­port min­istry has found faults in two other Boe­ing 737-MAX 8 jets, in­clud­ing a cock­pit in­di­ca­tor dis­play prob­lem which an an­a­lyst warned may be sim­i­lar to one re­ported in the crashed Lion Air Jet.

The min­istry said it is in­spect­ing 10 of the newly re­leased jets owned by Lion and flag­ship car­rier Garuda, as au­thor­i­ties an­a­lyse data from a re­cov­ered black box that may help ex­plain why flight JT610 plum­meted into the Java Sea, killing 189 peo­ple on Mon­day.

Few de­tails have been re­leased, but the min­istry said it had looked over half a dozen jets so far and dis­cov­ered that one had a prob­lem linked to its cock­pit dis­play while an­other had a glitch in a jet sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem.

Both Lion-owned planes re­quired new components, it said.

In­done­sia’s Tempo news web­site pub­lished a minute-by-minute sum­mary of what it said were con­ver­sa­tions be­tween air traf­fic con­trol and the pilots, who re­ported a “flight con­trol prob­lem”.

It is un­der­stood Vir­gin Aus­tralia has 30 Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 planes on or­der, with the first due to ar­rive in Novem­ber next year.

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