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Preliminary findings on ET 302 and Boeing Statement

Preliminary findings on ET 302 crash:

1. Aircraft’s airworthiness was certified;
2. The crew were capable of flying& followed Boeing’s procedures;
3. Take off appeared normal;
4. Crew followed all procedures, but was unable to control the aircraft.

The release of the actual preliminary report by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport is expected during Apr 4th or Apr 5th 2019.

Boeing statement
We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents. These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and we extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. All of us feel the immense gravity of these events across our company and recognize the devastation of the families and friends of the loved ones who perished.

The full details of what happened in the two accidents will be issued by the government authorities in the final reports, but, with the release of the preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident investigation, it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.

The history of our industry shows most accidents are caused by a chain of events. This again is the case here, and we know we can break one of those chain links in these two accidents. As pilots have told us, erroneous activation of the MCAS function can add to what is already a high workload environment. It’s our responsibility to eliminate this risk. We own it and we know how to do it.

From the days immediately following the Lion Air accident, we’ve had teams of our top engineers and technical experts working tirelessly in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and our customers to finalize and implement a software update that will ensure accidents like that of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 never happen again.

We’re taking a comprehensive, disciplined approach, and taking the time, to get the software update right. We’re nearing completion and anticipate its certification and implementation on the 737 MAX fleet worldwide in the weeks ahead. We regret the impact the grounding has had on our airline customers and their passengers.

This update, along with the associated training and additional educational materials that pilots want in the wake of these accidents, will eliminate the possibility of unintended MCAS activation and prevent an MCAS-related accident from ever happening again.

MCAS At the forefront of Boeing 737 MAX Controversy

Everything that is essential to a plane’s operation should be included in pilot training. The pilot must know his tools backward and forward. What happens when that training is curtailed?

On March 19th, the US Department of Transportation announced that its inspector general will audit the 737 Max 8’s certification process. Some pilots say they know how to address problems with the 737 Max 8’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) system. Pilots say the MCAS software system can (apparently) be disabled by hitting the trim switch on the control column. Difference training is required for pilots who fly the Max, but apparently (MCAS) explanations, operations, procedures related to the differences were left out of the manual. The flight manual of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 planes mentions MCAS computer system only once. If MCAS information was cut from the manual to prevent the MCAS from having to be included in 737 Max transition training, whoever cut it considered only that it would save 737 Max operators training costs, but not what it would cost in terms of human lives.

Lion Air Plane Overruns Runway at Supadio International Airport

Lion Air flight JT-714 overran the end of the runway at Supadio International Airport, Indonesia, on February 16th.

The incident happened when the plane was coming from Jakarta, Indonesia.

The plane came to stop on soft ground.

All one hundred and eighty-two passengers and seven crew members remained unharmed.

Updates of Flight JT 610, Route Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang to Pangkalpinang Handling

Updates of Flight JT 610, Route Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang to Pangkalpinang

Source: Lion Air Releases


Information on Lion Air Flight JT-610 Route Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang to Pangkalpinang

Oct 29, 2018, 13:31 PM by Lion Corporate
TANGERANG, BANTEN – 29 October 2018

Lion Air flight JT610 en-route to Pangkalpinang has crashed near Kerawang (S 5’49.052” E 107’ 06.628” ), 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 6:20 AM.

The flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infant, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician.

The aircraft is a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with registration number PK-LQP. It is made in 2018 and started its operation at Lion Air since 15 August 2018. The aircraft was declared operationally feasible.

The aircraft is commanded by Captain. Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew Shintia Melina, Citra Noivita Anggelia, Alviani Hidayatul Solikha, Damayanti Simarmata, Mery Yulianda, and Deny Maula. The captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot has more than 5,000 flight hours.

Lion Air is concerned with the incident and will work with the relevant authorities and agencies on this matter.

The number to the crisis center is 021-8082000?1 and for customer information 021-80820002.

Information will be updated from time to time on our website.


Jakarta – 29 October 2018. Lion Air (flight code JT) member of Lion Air Group updated on 29 October that BASARAS (National Search & Rescue Body) has confirmed that there are 24 body bags.

The evacuation of all passengers, crew and flight JT610 that was crashed on 29 October in the sea of Karawang, West Jawa is on-going.

The airline is very concerned about the incident and will continue to render their co-operation to all parties concerned to provide firsthand information with relates to the status of affected passengers and crew. It is with the hope that the families of the passengers and crew will have the strength and fortitude to go through this challenging time and the Search and Rescue (SAR) officers’ operations to go smoothly.

Lion Air’s effort in handling JT610 has flown in 166 people of the affected families from Pangkalpinang, Bangka and 3 others from Medan, North Sumatera.

At the moment, the family members has arrived in Jakarta with accommodations provided in Hotel Ibis Cawang, East Jakarta to ease hassle of travelling to the post in Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.

Lion Air has opened the crisis center phone line (021)-80820000 and Passengers Information phone line (021)-80820002 to support to incident.

Lion Air will continue to update accordingly.

Lion Air Plane Crashes in Indonesia; 189 Feared Dead

Lion Air flight JT-610 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia, on October 29th.

The incident happened shortly after the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane took off from Jakarta, Indonesia.

There were one hundred and eighty-nine people aboard at the time; all of them are feared dead.

The plane was bound for Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.


Boeing Statement on Lion Air Flight JT 610

The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight JT 610. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of those on board.

Boeing is providing technical assistance at the request and under the direction of government authorities investigating the accident. In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about this accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authority in charge, the National Transportation Safety Committee of Indonesia.

Lion Air Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Indonesia

Thai Lion AirLion Air flight JT-791 made an emergency landing in Makassar, Indonesia, on September 22nd.

The Boeing 737-900 plane was flying from Ambon, Indonesia, when the crew reported issues with its right hand engine.

The plane continued for a safe landing. There were 211 passengers and 7 crew members aboard at the time; all of them remained unharmed.

Lion Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Failure

Thai Lion AirA Lion Air flight had to make an emergency landing at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, Indonesia, on August 12th.

The plane was en-route to Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi from Jakarta when an engine failure prompted the pilots to declare emergency.

The plane landed uneventfully and all 210 passengers remained unharmed.

The passengers were transferred to another aircraft.

Lion Air Compensation

Lion Air is compensating the passengers of the plane that crashed in Bali on April 13. The 101 passenger (we don’t know if the 7 crew are included) is handing out $5600 to each passenger.

Lion Air is working with Jasa Raharja, an Indonesian insurance company to cover the medical bills for five injured passengers. The insurance company is paying up to IDR 25 million ($2500) and the airline is covering anything in excess of that.

Unofficial reports state the plane was flying low.

Twenty-five people have yet to receive their compensation.

The alcohol and drug tests of the crew, cockpit voice recorder, and the flight data recorder are still in process. No conclusions have been public on the cause of the accident.

New Lion Air Boeing Carcass Cut in Two for Removal

The Lion Air jet that crashed short of the runway in Bali is going to be cut into pieces for removal since the plane is too heavy to tow.

The wreckage is sitting on top of a reef, rocking with the waves.

The cockpit voice recorder was recovered by navy divers.

None of the 101 passengers or seven crew were injured when the crew opted for a water landing. The pilot and co-pilot tested negative for drugs and alcohol

Lion Air AKA PT Lion Mentari Airlines is banned from flying in Europe because of its safety record.

NTSB Assisting in Lion Air Boeing Investigation

In George’s Point of View

As I stand here on the balcony of my Cancun suite snapping a video of a gathering far below on the beach, the force of the wind off the ocean nearly knocks me off my feet.

Yes, my Air Crash Consultant mind is at work, even when I’m relaxing on a vacation.

I can’t help but think of the Lion Air Boeing that came down on approach to Ngurah Rai Airport and cracked in two on impact with the ocean. It didn’t fall far in terms of being a plane. I have heard it was flying 100 feet below where it should have been, which makes me wonder if the same winds that are knocking me over contributed to the crash. Trust the investigation to uncover the truth of what made this brand new plane to be a write off. It’s still a miracle of engineering that there were no fatalities, and only 45 injuries, and of those, only five still hospitalized one day later.

The NTSB is joining the investigation, important enough news that it is announced on a Sunday.

The NTSB is sending a team of investigators to assist the government of Indonesia on its accident investigation of a Lion Air Boeing 737-800.

On April 13, 2013 at about 3:15 p.m. local time, the airplane crashed on approach to Ngurah Rai Airport, due to unknown circumstances. There were no fatalities reported.

As the U.S. is the state of design and manufacture of the Boeing 737, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman has appointed Senior Air Safety Investigator Dennis Jones as the traveling U.S. accredited representative. Dennis Jones is leading a team of investigators specializing in airplane structures, systems, and survival factors, as well as advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The investigation is being conducted by the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee which will release all information.

Planes Scrape at Jakarta Airport

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Contact photographer Paul Spijkers

What: Lion Air Boeing 737-900
Where: Jakarta Indonesia
When: August 24, 2012, 3:35 a.m.
Who: no fatalities
Why: The right wing of Lion Air Boeing 737-900(PK-LFL) grazed the tail of (PK-OCU)Airfast Indonesia MD 82 which was improperly parked. (The incident appears to be due to negligent parking.)

The Lion Air plane had been scheduled to take-off at 5:20.

An investigation is underway.

Little Airline’s Big Deal with Boeing, Lion Air 21.7 Billion Expansion

Indonesian Lion Air is planning to buy 230 planes from Boeing Co. $21.7 billion for the fleet will be paid in loans from U.S. Export-Import Bank over 12 years though bank financing. The airline will be adding flights to cities in China, South Korea and Taiwan. Lion Air, founded in 2000, currently flies Boeing 737s and MD-90s in 226 flights daily to more than 36 cities including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Ho Chi Minh City.

The 737 MAX is a fuel efficient upgrade competitive with Airbus SAS’s A320neo.

Lion Air Runway Excursion

What: Lion Air Boeing 737-900 en route from Tarakan to Balikpapan (Indonesia)
Where: Balikpapan
When: Oct 23rd 2011
Who: 198 passengers and 7 crew
Why: On landing in wet weather, the Lion Air Boeing 737-900 skidded off the wet runway off the paved area. There was heavy wind and rain, at the time of the landing. There were no injuries in the runway excursion.

Lionair Overrun in Indonesia

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Contact photographer M Radzi Desa

What: Lionair Boeing 737-400 en route from Jakarta to Pontianak
Where: West Kalimantan, Indonesia
When: Nov 2 2010
Who: 167 passengers, 7 crew
Why: While landing at Pontianak’s Supadio Airport during a heavy rain, the plane overran the end of the runway. Its nose and main undercarriage collapsed and it stopped mired in a field beyond the end of the runway. There were no injuries.

A passenger reported that the plane shook (or vibrated) about a quarter of an hour before landing; and no announcements were made by the pilot or crew during the vibration, or during the landing. The airline said no announcement was made because the seatbelt light was on.

Passengers panicked and evacuated through an emergency exit. Military personnel at the airport assisted.

Where were the crew while terrified passengers were jumping off the plane?

They are saying the plane’s inability to stop was not due to weather, a wet runway, that the plane was well maintained and that it was a normal landing. So. If this is all true, why did it overrun?

Lion Air Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Two New 737-900ERs

SEATTLE, July 1 e-FirstCall/ — Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Lion Air, Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered two Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range) to the Jakarta-based carrier. Lion Air, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, was the launch customer of the 737-900ER and is currently the largest operator of the airplane. With today’s deliveries, the Lion Air fleet consists of 36 737-900ERs and two 747-400s. In addition, Lion Air is a launch customer for the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior.
Lion Air plans to carry 20 million passengers this year to destinations within Indonesia as well as to Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. The carrier is based at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lion Air Robinson Helicopter Crash Kills Governer

Pictured: Lion Air Robinson Helicopter fleet published on Lion Air Website

What: Lion Air Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter
Where: Jael Subdivision in Barangay Iyam, south of Lucena City, Philippines
When: MAY 17, 2010
Who: 4 aboard the flight, and two or three on the ground including Rowena Navales (14) 7 fatalities in all.
Why: The Lion Air helicopter had just taken off. A scant 300 feet later, the chopper swerved, the propeller stopped spinning, and the helicopter slammed into three houses in a neighborhood 70 miles south of Manila. The fire spread to five houses. There were two or three fatalities on the ground, possibly all children, in addition to those aboard the flight.

Aboard were Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes,his military escort Master Sergeant Alfred Dominguez, police escort Police Officer Randy Roferez, and the pilot identified as Nestor Sanchez.

The crash is being attributed to mechanical problems.

Sumatra: Lion Air Skid

Pictured: Lion Airlines Boeing 737-46B
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Contact photographer JKSC

What: Lion Air Boeing 737-400
Where: Pekanbaru airport, Sumatra
When: December 14, 2009
Who: 165 passengers
Why: On landing, the flight skidded off the runway. It took an hour to evacuate the panicked passengers via mobile stairway.

After a maintenance check, a replacement crew resumed the flight hours later.

Lion Air Emergency Landing

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What: Lion Air Boeing 737-300, en route from Jakarta to Mongonsidi airport, South East Sulawesi
Where: Sultan Hasanuddin airport in Makassar
When: 5 pm Jul 18th 2009
Who: 132 passengers 6 crew members
Why: The plane made an emergency landing because of a “crack on the glass of its cockpit window,” according to information released by Lion Air.

Storm Blows Indonesian Lionair Flight of the Runway

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Contact photographer Snorre – VAP
What: Lionair McDonnell Douglas MD-90 flight JT-793 from Makassar to Jakarta. Lionair is on the List of air carriers banned in the European Union.
Where: Jakarta
When: Mar 9th 2009
Who: 166 passengers and 6 crew (Detikcom reported 168)
Why: While landing in heavy rain, the airplane caught a gust from the left which ran the plane off the runway. Damage was incurred to the front gear, wings, and the main gear struts collapsed.

The subsequent airport closure forced a Citilink Garuda Boeing 737 in a fuel emergency to reroute.

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Lion Air Crash in Indonesia

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Contact photographer Olaf Juergensmeier

What: Lion Air flight McDonnell-Douglas en route from Solo City Java Indonesia
Where: Adi Sumaro Airport
When: November 30, 2004
Who: The captain, 1 flight attendant, and 23 passengers were fatally injured; the first officer, 2 flight attendants and 56 passengers were seriously injured; and 84 passengers had minor or no injury
Why: On November 30, 2004, at 1814 Jakarta time, a McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 Lion Air flight 538, was substantially damaged when it overran runway 26 at Adi Sumaro Airport(SOC), Solo City, Central Java, Indonesia. The captain, 1 flight attendant, and 23 passengers were fatally injured; the first officer, 2 flight attendants and 56 passengers were seriously injured; and 84 passengers received either minor injuries or were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed; however, rain showers were in the area, and the runway was wet. The flight originated at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. After landing, it continued off the departure end of the runway and impacted the concrete base of a localizer array.

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