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Marcus Newton
November 17, 2018

Boeing reportedly failed to provide a key safety disclosure concerning its 737 Max 8 and 9 jets before one of those planes, the aircraft acting as Lion Air Flight 610, plummeted into the ocean last month. "The bulletin is not re-affirming, it's enlightening and adding new info".

Zwingli Silalahi, the Indonesian airline's operational director, said the manual did not tell pilots that in certain situations, the plane's stall-prevention system could automatically trigger a response, such as lowering the airplane's nose, to prevent or exit a stall.

"The companies and the pilots should have been informed", Weaks said.

The accident is the first to be reported involving the widely sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's workhorse single-aisle jet.

Boeing did not respond to requests for comment outside regular business hours.

The newspaper also reviews a November 10 Memo from Southwest Airlines, one of the USA carriers to start using the MAX jets, in which it's claimed that Boeing had omitted information from flight manuals about the new flight control system, because pilots were unlikely to find themselves in any situation that would require them to use the system. Another one is captain pilot Bhavye Suneja from India.

The Allied Pilots Association says while there are no immediate safety concerns about the Boeing 737 MAX "the fact that this hasn't been told to pilots before calls into question what other info should we know about this aircraft". The system, which wasn't on earlier versions of the popular 737, is a focal point of investigators probing the October 29 crash of Lion Air Flight 610.

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Investors and analysts watch the number of planes Boeing turns over to airlines and leasing firms as customers pay the bulk of the money for new planes on delivery. "Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing".

Wreckage from Lion Air flight JT610. "This has not changed", the FAA said.

The directive warned pilots that a computer on the Boeing 737 MAX could lead to the plane being forced to descend sharply for up to 10 seconds even in manual flight, leading to potential difficulties in controlling the plane.

"Boeing definitely marketed it that way - the idea that it's a straightforward crossover process", said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst and vice president of the Teal Group in Washington.

Investigators are already examining the flight data recorder (FDR) that was pulled off the sea bed, some 30 meters under water, on November 1.

There is as yet no indication of what caused the crash but the plane had experienced technical problems related to airspeed and altitude readings on the previous flight. "This is important systems information that pilots should know about".

As speculation continues as to whether the flight-control system was indeed to blame for the fatal crash in Indonesia, authorities are still searching for the aircraft's black box, which could contain information on what exactly was going on in the cockpit at the time of the crash.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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