Lion Air crash victim's father files USA lawsuit against Boeing

Marco Green
November 16, 2018

The family of a victim of the Lion Air crash has started legal action against Boeing, after pilots and airlines said the manufacturer had not made them aware of new features in its 737 Max-8 aircraft that could be linked to the disaster. According to officials, all passengers were feared killed in the crash.

Investigators of the Lion Air Flight 610 previously confirmed that the airspeed indicator of the plane had malfunctioned during its last four flights.

Boeing and US aviation regulators are considering whether to add a software fix to the 737 Max. Boeing warned in its bulletin the plane's automated stall-prevention system, which is supposed to help pilots avoid raising the nose too high, could actually push it down unexpectedly, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Boeing was facing mounting pressure over last month's Indonesia plane crash as the owner of the doomed jet joined a U.S. pilots' group in alleging that the company failed to warn pilots about potential hazards of a new safety feature. On Thursday, American Airlines backed up their pilots' claims.

Boeing Co. has been sued in what may be the first USA claim tied to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which dove into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta Oct. 29.

The company has 16 Max 8 jets in its current fleet and said it had not experienced the issue that could cause planes to plunge.

The issue was discovered through the investigation into the Lion Air crash.

Lion Air Crash took place on October 29, killing 189 people on board. Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee said a sensor had been changed by mechanics in Bali the day before the crash, following similar problems on previous flights.

On Wednesday, a Boeing spokesperson said in an email that the company could not "discuss specifics of an ongoing investigation" and that the company had "provided two updates for our operators around the world that re-emphasize existing procedures for these situations".

Zwingli added that Boeing's safety bulletin did not suggest additional training for pilots operating that aircraft.

On Tuesday, the APA said while there were no immediate safety concerns about the MAX 8 planes, "the fact that this hasn't been told to pilots before calls into question what other info should we know about this aircraft".

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