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Families of Lion Air Victims Take Boeing to Court in US

The families of some of the Lion Air passengers who died when their flight crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29 are suing Boeing Co. in Seattle Municipal Court in Washington, alleging the aircraft manufacturer is partially to blame for the deadly crash. The lawsuit, which has grown to include about 21 family members, alleges that faulty equipment on the brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft contributed to the crash. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that faulty sensor readings informed the autopilot system, causing the airplane to make several anti-stall maneuvers that weren’t needed and put the aircraft in danger. The erroneous readings ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Jet Experienced Problems Similar to Lion Air Flight

The Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed March 10 began experiencing harrowing problems within a minute of takeoff from Addis Ababa, entering into dangerous flight patterns that were similar to those experienced by the Lion Air flight that crashed five months earlier in Indonesia. Citing information shared by an unidentified source involved in the investigation, the New York Times reported that upon takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accelerated to dangerous speeds before oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet. The motions of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft suggest its autopilot system repeatedly entered anti-stall maneuvers that the pilots couldn’t ... Read More

Several Nations Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Aviation authorities in several countries are grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes pending the results of investigations and remedial measures after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard. The plane was the second new Boeing 737 Max 8 jet to crash in less than six months. Ethiopia’s civil aviation authorities initially took a “wait and see” stance following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 but decided to ground all 737 Max 8 planes in the country after China announced it was suspending all flights of that Boeing model. “There were certain similarities in ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Could Signal More Trouble for Boeing

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed just minutes after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Flight ET302 departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 8:38 a.m. local time. The plane was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it lost contact with air controllers six minutes later. The Ethiopian Airlines jet was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. According to The New York Times, the Ethiopian Airlines plane took off in good weather with clear visibility, but ... Read More

2018 one of safest years in aviation despite 556 fatalities

The year 2017 was the safest in aviation history with 44 people killed in 10 plane crashes. On the surface it seems 2018 was staggeringly worse, with 556 people killed in 15 fatal accidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). However, despite the grim statistics, ASN says 2018 is still one of the safest years for commercial aviation on record, with a rate of about one fatality for every three million flights. Of the aviation accidents reported in 2017 and 2018, 12 involved passenger flights and three involved cargo flights. Three of the planes were operated by airlines that ... Read More

Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over ‘avoidable tragedy’

The family of the co-pilot of Lion Air Flight 610 that plunged into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands in October killing all 189 people on board, is suing Boeing in Illinois state court. The lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 Max 8’s sensors were defective and caused the plane to crash, according to Law360. The plane was new and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. On Oct. 29, 2018, not long before takeoff, the pilot radioed air control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten ... Read More

Automation Glitches, Pilot Error Contributed to Lion Air Crash

If preliminary findings of the Lion Air plane crash investigation bear out, the same automated technology that has made flying safer in recent years may be responsible for a growing share of plane crashes that do occur. Investigators involved in the probe of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia Oct. 29, found that the pilots faced a confusing “cacophony of warnings that started seconds after takeoff and continued for the remaining 11 minutes before the crash,” according to Bloomberg. When Boeing was designing its latest version of the 737 – ... Read More

Lion Air Plane Crash Prompts Boeing to Issue Safety Bulletin

Prompted by the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max 8 jet in Indonesia last month, Boeing has issued a safety advisory to pilots on how to handle faulty readings from a key flight-control sensor. “The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air Flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors,” Boeing said in the statement. A misreading in the sensor can cause the plane to dive suddenly and confuse pilots. All 189 people aboard Lion Air Flight 610 from Jakarta to the island of Bangka died when the plane crashed ... Read More

Was the Lion Air Plane Crash Caused by a Faulty Instrument?

Investigators revealed more information about the “technical problem” a Lion Air jet experienced on other flights before it crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. Indonesian government officials said in an emotional news conference Nov. 5 that the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet had been experiencing problems with is airspeed indicator on the doomed flight and that the instrument had malfunctioned on the three flights preceding the Oct. 29 crash. Those previous Lion Air flights landed safely but passengers on a flight from Bali to Jakarta, which landed just hours before the flight that crashed, ... Read More

Lion Air Passengers on Previous Night’s Flight Said Plane Flew Erratically

Although investigations have just begun on the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia that killed all 189 people aboard Oct. 29, some evidence has emerged pointing to a possible defect or damage in the newly manufactured Boeing aircraft. Passengers who flew on the same Lion Air flight from Bali to Jakarta the night before the crash said the airplane was flying like a “roller coaster” and that the engine was making an unusual noise throughout the flight, according to CBS News. Reports of the erratic flying are especially concerning because the airplane – a practically brand-new Boeing 737 Max – ... Read More