It seems Lion Air have managed to loose yet another aircraft, this time killing 189 people in the process. It is far to early to say what caused the
accident or if it was pilot or aircraft induced. The aircraft in question was a virtually brand new 737 Max 8 only delivered in August this year.
Reports are that a few minutes after takeoff the aircraft entered into a steep dive and impacted the sea killing all aboard. There is a recovery
mission underway as we speak. Apparently there are claims the aircraft attempted to return to Jakarta due to a technical issue which was unspecified.
FG article. I'll hold off judging what
happened here as it could well be an issue with the aircraft and its worthy to note this is the first serious accident involving the 737 Max family
I'm aware of. But its also worthy to note that Lion Air to date have had 11 major accidents since 2002 resulting in the loss of 6 aircraft including
this one which is also the second involving fatalities, 5 accidents that resulted in major damage and one minor loss. The most recent accident was in
April this year when a 737-800 made a runway excursion resulting in major damage that wont see the aircraft return to service until next month. Their
last hull loss was in April 2013 in which miraculously no one died when another 737 landed short of the runway in the sea.
Reports over here are saying on its last flight the plane had some technical difficulties but was repaired according to the manufacturer procedures
but will investigate whether its a contributing factor or not.
a reply to: Woody510
I can scarcely believe it myself. We should probably run a book on them as to how long before they get banned somewhere and how long before next total
hull loss incident. I'm betting 6 months and 12 months respectively. Any takers?
It seems the earlier problem was due to instrument disagree. I'm more and more leaning to someone just penning it off instead of actually looking for
a real problem. It almost sounds like blocked pitot.
a reply to: AugustusMasonicus
More or less yes. The AF A-330 crash was due to ice and it being night time. This accident was in the early morning and I presume local sunrise had
occurred so they theoretically should have had a horizon reference point. even with instrument failure.
a reply to: Woody510
Flight Radar 24 is showing the last ADSB data as having a 30,000ft plus a minute descent rate so it would have been massive impact and trauma. They
basically dove at the ocean at high speed.
🙁🙁 It's amazing how something awful can get worse with a small detail. You always hope it wasn't like that. The aviation industry is a dangerous
game to be played, hopefully the world gets an answer this time.
I was expecting Lion Air to be state owned that was the only way I could see them still running but they're not. Surely at some point Indonesian
airlines are going to find it hard to lease airliners. All together there has been 40 incidents in Indonesia resulting in loss of life since 2001
that's more than 2 a year!!!!
Barring a mechanical failure, which doesn't seem to be as there was no emergency declared, it seems more and more pilots are unable to fly hands on
seat of the pants and just follow the craft into the ground.
AF 447, Colgan, whozit that forgot how to run the throttles at San Francisca and so on and so on.
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