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As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit.
That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, according to two people familiar with Indonesia's investigation.
The next day, under command of a different crew facing what investigators said was an identical malfunction, the jetliner crashed into the Java Sea killing all 189 aboard.
The presence of a third pilot in the cockpit wasn't contained in Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee's report on the crash published on November 28, and hasn't previously been reported.
The so-called dead-head pilot on the earlier flight from Bali to Jakarta told the crew to cut power to the motor driving the nose down, according to the people familiar, part of a checklist that all pilots are required to memorise.
originally posted by: vinifalou
a reply to: KansasGirl
It wasn't mentioned in the earlier threads that there was an different incident on the day before the Indonesia crash, since this information just came to light today as far as I know.
Do you happen to have a link of this thread?