News

Lion Air passengers’ families sue Boeing over aircraft sensors

The grieving families of those killed when a Lion Air flight plunged into the sea last month are suing Boeing over an alleged fault with the jet’s design.

Aviation specialists Wisner Law Firm filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court on behalf of the families of passengers, referring to a sensor in the Lion Air plan that may have played a role in the crash.

189 people were killed when the 737 Max Jetliner crashed into the sea off Jakarta just minutes after takeoff.

The New Daily reports the court documents state “One or more of the sensors on the accident aircraft failed and provided erroneous information to the accident aircraft’s flight control system as to the accident aircraft’s angle of attack.”

“The flight control system of the accident aircraft failed to filter out this erroneous information and commanded the accident aircraft to go into a dangerous downward dive.”

The anti-stall feature or, ‘angle of attack’ sensor, has reportedly been the focal point for investigators trying to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

Flight data retrieved from the aircraft showed airspeed indicator malfunctions on the jet’s last four flights, which Transport safety committee chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said would have been intertwined with the sensor issue.

“The point is that after the AOA [sensor] is replaced the problem is not solved, but the problem might even increase. Is this fatal? NTSC wants to explore this,” he said, according to the ABC.

Tjahjono said the airline’s first two attempts to fix problems with the sensor failed, so they replaced it on the aircraft’s second-last flight.

During the second-last flight, the plane went into a sudden dive minutes after take-off which the pilots were able to recover from.

Boeing has since provided Lion Air with draft procedure recommendations based on how the flight crew responded to the problems on the second last flight.

The planemaker allegedly hadn’t widely disclosed that the sensor could, in some circumstances, lower the jet’s nose without input from pilots.

The exact cause of the crash is not yet known, but investigations are expected to be wrapped up later this month.

Featured image source: Sky News

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

One response to “Lion Air passengers’ families sue Boeing over aircraft sensors”

Leave a Reply

Cruise

Viking ups its marketing tools for Aussie agents

Looking to impress your friends and colleagues with some very specific cruise ship fun facts? You’ve come to the right place.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Giant 2,000-year-old cat mural found in Peru

A huge drawing of a cat relaxing has been uncovered in Peru’s Nazca Desert, and now we know where we’re headed the second international borders open.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland to reopen borders to NSW (except for Sydney)

Sydneysiders were seen kicking cans down the street this morning while shaking their fists in Queensland’s general direction following the announcement.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld’s retail network “largely intact”, as company lays out border and travel ‘bubble’ forecasts

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly has poured over Helloworld’s quarterly update to bring you this package of highlights.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Emirates unveils new NDC-powered gateway for travel agents

Have you always found Emirates’ online trade platform to be a little clunky and lacking in capabilities? Relieve your tech-induced pain here.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Velocity Frequent Flyer partners with Hertz-owned car share company

Are you seeking other ways to boost your Velocity points than by buying a case of Virgin Wines or signing up for another credit card? Look no further.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

NSW introduces strict new laws to regulate short-term rental market

The new laws include a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ approach for irresponsible hosts. However, that’s not to say they will be forced to wield baseball bats or chew tobacco.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean updates 2021/22 Aussie sailings

The cruise line has also launched a new agent-focused campaign to help you get clients booking early.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid slashes prices for NT trips

Show your clients that they don’t need to leave the country to experience epic scenery with this banger deal from Intrepid.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qatar Airways entangled in online recruitment scam

Adding to its already horrendous news week, the airline has become embroiled in an online recruitment scam.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“It’s good business to have”: Contiki boss talks pivoting to domestic and why agents should target youth travellers

Adam Armstrong began his stint at Contiki at an interesting time, to say the least. Here’s his game plan for the brand and his advice for agents.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre boss demands proof of Queensland’s border closure advice

Skroo’s patience with the Queensland government is wearing thin, after making yet another request to see the medical advice that influenced the state’s border closure.

Share

CommentComments