Boeing issues safety notice for 737 MAX

Parts of an engine of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 are recovered from the sea during search operations in the Java Sea

Experts have said the angle of attack is a crucial parameter that helps the aircraft's computers understand whether its nose is too high relative to the current of air - a phenomenon that can throw the plane into an aerodynamic stall and make it fall.

The data recorder from the Lion Air jetliner that crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people aboard, shows that the plane's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, investigators said Monday.

The planemaker said local aviation officials believed pilots may have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash.

Tjahjono said that due to the small size of the debris found and loss of the plane's engine blades, investigators determined that Flight 610 did not explode in the air, but was in "good shape" before it crashed 13 minutes after takeoff.

"We are formulating, with NTSB and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", he said, referring to the US National Transportation Safety Board.

An unnamed source familiar with the Boeing's technical bulletin described how the sensor error could cause pilots to lose control of the plane.

Now Boeing is warning pilots and airlines, including Air Canada and WestJet, that they could experience similar issues with their Boeing 737 Max planes, the same model as the Lion Air plane that crashed.

He added that the broken sensor from the Bali-Jakarta flight would be sent to the manufacturer in Chicago for further examination.

Moments earlier, the pilots radioed a request to return to Jakarta to land, but never turned back toward the airport, according to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee and flight-tracking data.

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It is understood that the download process started yesterday and it is hoped that clues may emerge quickly as to what systems were not functioning on the near-new plane. They are now combing the seas for the voice recorder.

Search teams are still trying to locate the missing cockpit recorder to determine why the almost brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed.

Divers have recovered one of the two "black boxes" - the flight data recorder - but are still looking for the cockpit voice recorder, in the hope it will shed more light on the cause of the accident. As of November 7, the DJPU has conducted in-situ ramp checks of aircraft that belong to Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, NAM Air, Wings Air (Indonesia), and Indonesia AirAsia. "If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer", he said, according to AP.

"The draft of what will be conveyed by Boeing this morning has been presented to us", air accident investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said.

KNKT plans to do a flight reconstruction, taking into account a faulty angle of attack sensor, at Boeing's engineering simulator in Seattle.

Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Muhammad Syaugi told reporters yesterday morning: "We made a decision to extend our evacuation operation by another three days, specifically for Basarnas".

The airline said at the time that it had 61 "firm orders" for the planes.

The Lion Air crash was the first involving the type of plane, which airlines introduced into service a year ago.

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