Lion Air plane aborts take-off after wing hits pole

The sister of Hizkia Jorry Saroinsong a passenger on the Lion Air flight carries her brother's portrait during his funeral in Jakarta

Boeing, the maker of the two-month old 737 Max plane, issued a safety bulletin directing pilots on what to do whenever there is an erroneous AOA sensor.

A spokesperson for Boeing wouldn't disclose to CNN whether the directive was issued to operators of all Boeing aircraft, or just those who fly 737 MAX 8 planes - the same model as Flight 610.

In that incident the plane had experienced airspeed indicator malfunctions on its four previous flights, data from the retrieved black box has revealed.

The warning is based on preliminary findings from the accident involving a Lion Air jetliner, the person said.

Boeing said the "angle of attack" sensor, which identifies if a plane is about to stall, was faulty on the doomed flight.

Batik Air passenger Romidi Karnawan told CNN Indonesia that his flight to Jakarta, which was scheduled to take off at around 6pm, was delayed for about an hour.

The Chicago plane maker has delivered 219 Max, the latest and most advanced 737 jets, since the new models made their commercial debut a year ago with a Lion Air subsidiary. Boeing has more than 4,500 orders for the airliners, which feature larger engines, more aerodynamic wings and an upgraded cockpit with larger glass displays.

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Investigators are slowly piecing together clues of how Indonesia's worst air disaster in two decades transpired, raising questions over how a near brand-new Boeing jet that had recurring instrument failures was cleared for its ill-fated flight.

Angle of attack is a technical term that refers to the angle between the oncoming air or relative wind and a reference line on the airplane or wing, according to Boeing.

Moments into the aircraft's final flight, the pilots asked to return to Jakarta but never turned back, according to Indonesia's safety commission and flight-tracking data.

KNKT said that there was a problem with the sensor on the last flight taken by the doomed plane, from the island of Bali to Jakarta, even though one sensor had been replaced in Bali.

"We are formulating, with the NTSB (US National Transportation Safety Board) and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", said Tjahjono, on Tuesday.

On the basis of the October 28 flight, Indonesian investigators said they would provide recommendations to Boeing for distribution to airlines around the world about how to deal with a similar situation.

The directive addresses a potential problem where incorrect angle of attack sensor input can cause the flight control system to send commands to the horizontal stabiliser to push the nose down. In the early days of the jet age, the pitch trim system was linked to several accidents.

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