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Faulty Boeing Design Pointed At In Indonesia Report On 737 MAX Crash

Faulty Boeing Design Pointed At In Indonesia Report On 737 MAX Crash
According to Indonesian investigators probing the fatal crash of the a Lion Air flight last October, the seeds of the accident were sowed in the lack of understanding in the part of Boeing about the risks in the design of cockpit software on its 737 MAX craft and added that such an action was also prompted by the lack of oversight of te safety issues by the United States regulators.
That crash was followed by another fatal crash involving the same Boeing model as the Loin Air crash after just five months which resulted in the grounding of all of the 737 Max crafts of the company which sparked off a crisis at the largest plane maker. 
Recommendations to Boeing, the airline, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies were made by the Indonesian investigators in their final report published by them about the October 29, 2018, Lion Air crash that killed all 189 people on board.
The designing of the anti-stall system known as MCAS, which was responsible for automatically pushing the nose of the craft down in the case of an emergency which prevented the pilots from taking control of the plane, was criticized by the Indonesian regulators.
“The design and certification of the MCAS did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft,” the report said.
A redesign of the MCAS is being undertaken by Boeing even though the FAA is yet to clear it.
The crash was also caused because of “deficiencies” of manual control of the aircraft and in the communication between the flight crew in addition to cockpit alerts and distractions, the report also said.
Indonesian air accident investigator Nurcahyo Utomo told reporters at a news conference that the crash had been caused by a complex chain of events and repeatedly refused to identify one single dominating cause of the crash. “From what we know, there are nine things that contributed to this accident,” he said. “If one of the nine hadn’t occurred, maybe the accident wouldn’t have occurred.”
The report said that the first officer did not manage to quickly identify a checklist in a handbook or act according to directions that should have been memorized by him during the flight, the report said. The report also noted that the officer in question was also a poor performer during training exercises. While handing over control just before the plane entered a fatal dive, the first officer was not properly briefed by the captain, the report further noted.
Information that the flight was not in his initial schedule was conveyed to the captain by the first officer, revealed the cockpit voice recorder, the investigators’ report noted.
Indonesia’s safety recommendations were being addressed by Boeing, the company said in a statement and added that action was being taken by the company to better the safety of the 737 Max planes. It also said that it had learnt from the Lion air crash.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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