An artist’s conception shows the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. (Boeing Illustration)
Bloomberg News is quoting an unnamed source as saying Boeing plans to warn operators of its 737 MAX jets that erroneous readings from a flight monitoring system could cause the planes to dive aggressively.
The report comes a little more than a week after a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 dove into the Java Sea at high speed, minutes after its takeoff from Jakarta in Indonesia. All 189 people aboard the plane were killed. Pilots on the plane were dealing with inaccurate airspeed readings and asked to return to the airport just before the crash, safety investigators said.
Investigators said the plane’s flight data recorder indicated that the airspeed indicator malfunctioned during three previous flights as well. The head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, told reporters in Jakarta on Monday that he was discussing the options for wider inspections with Boeing and his U.S. counterparts.
Bloomberg quoted its source as saying that Boeing could issue its service bulletin within hours. The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to concerns about confidentiality, Bloomberg said. Boeing did not comment on the report, or a similar report from …read more