Pilots of doomed Lion Air flight 'scoured handbook in minutes before crash'

Indonesian navy personnel recover wheels from the Lion Air flight JT 610

The Boeing plane, operated by a different crew, crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea, killing all 189 on board. A Lion Air spokesman told Bloomberg that the airline has submitted all data and information to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee and can not comment further due to the ongoing investigation. The company has declined to comment on the criminal probe.

Ethiopian authorities have found similarities between the two fatal plane crashes.

"It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back to Jakarta - so as long as he is authorized to do so - then it's absolutely fine", he said. The presence of a third pilot in the cockpit wasn't contained in Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee's November 28 report on the crash and hasn't previously been reported.

Thomas said this fact should have been reported "as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance", he said.

Officials inspect an engine recovered the crashed Lion Air jet in Jakarta, Indonesia a year ago.

Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of KNKT told CNN on Wednesday they were not aware of the details in the Bloomberg report.

When the plane took off the following day, the sensor was still giving false readings. It could go some way to explaining how some 737 MAX pilots have coped with the fault, while others have lost control.

The preliminary report showed that the plane's computer kept pushing the nose of the plane down (file photo).

Dickson, who was senior vice president-flight operations for Delta Air Lines Inc., needs Senate confirmation before taking over the agency that oversees the aircraft industry and operates the world's largest air-traffic system.

"We can't just cancel all of those flights, so the goal is to spread out the cancellations across our entire system to impact the least amount of customers", American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

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The report said the MCAS system was responding to incorrect data transmitted by an AOA sensor.

The first report of the pilots' conversation from last October's Lion Air crash emerged today, along with news that the same aircraft had been saved from disaster a day earlier by an off-duty pilot on the airliner.

Dickson attended the Air Force Academy and was a fighter pilot before flying for Delta.

The jet crashed 13 minutes after takeoff.

The FAA's assurance that the plane was still safe to fly was good enough for the rest of the world until an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 crashed.

The panel chaired by Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, said that "in light of the recent tragedy in Ethiopia and the subsequent grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, this hearing will examine challenges to the state of commercial aviation safety, including any specific concerns highlighted by recent accidents". But the investigation is ongoing.

Boeing Co faced growing pressure in Washington on Wednesday with US lawmakers calling for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets even as the world's biggest planemaker works to overcome obstacles to returning the grounded fleet to the skies.

The FBI's Seattle field office lies in proximity to Boeing's 737 manufacturing plant in Renton, as well as nearby offices of Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials involved in the certification of the plane.

In the hot seat over its certification of the MAX without demanding additional training and its closeness to Boeing, the FAA has said it is "absolutely" confident in its vetting. "It is also important to note that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information now available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators".

"We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets".

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