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With Boeing in Cross Hairs, Lion Air Gets a Pass on Poor Safety RecordA focus on Boeing after two fatal crashes has given cover to an Indonesian air carrier with global ambitions — a company that will neither fully admit to, nor swiftly address, its safety issues. (www.nytimes.com) More...
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Lion Air isn't out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. While they may be improving some areas now I seriously doubt whether those improvements will last very long. In a year or two they will slip back into their shoddy ways because that's in their corporate culture. No matter how hard they try, they won't be able to cover up their past. During the court trials that are yet to be held the truth -- on all sides -- will come out. And you can bet the Boeing lawyers will focus on Lion Air's many weaknesses. Unfortunately one of the root causes is the corruption that is rampant in all parts of the Indonesian government and that won't change any time soon.
A major contributor, IMO was that maintenance did not do their job properly after the Bali flight. I would bet they pencil whipped the sign-off on the night shift so they could go home early.
boeing ought to think again about sellling any more airliners to this Lion Air misfit bunch: they do have the ability to have more incidents based on poor maintenance, incompetent flight officers, and tired pilots flying too many hours in too few days, week after week. Let Airbus sell them their next airplanes and bid them good riddance.
Low cost airlines usually operate one type of airplane.
Well, anybody who reads the report will come to two conclusions: Boeing fucked up big time and Lion Air is so very unsafe that nobody should be willing to fly on their planes. We know what Boeing did, now let's review Lion Air's (does it bother anybody that it rhymes with Ryan Air?) safety culture. #1) Not just a pilot but an entire flight crew somehow did not think it important to report erroneous MCAS activation which led to severe control problems. If I recall correctly they didn't report the stick shaker activation either. It boggles the mind how such a thing is possible. Their utter stupidity and unthinking attitude help kill everyone on the next flight. #2) Mechanic takes a misaligned AoA sensor (yes, misaligned by an American company) and fails to follow the installation guidance. The tests in the guidance would have discovered the misalignment. Then, after the crash, the mechanic supplies a video to investigators purportedly showing the test instruments reading proper alignment. Investigators then investigate and discover the video is of test done on another airplane. Incredible! #3) First officer is utterly unqualified to be anywhere near an airplane, let alone a 737. CVR indicates that during the period of maximum workload while the captain was trying to desperately to diagnose the problem the first officer performed no better than if there were hamster there instead. Was the captain also incompetent? We'll never be sure because he had to do both PF and PM jobs during the most critical moments. The previous flight crew had three hands working to solve their MCAS problem, this crew had essentially one. And there's more, read the report.
member airlines within the European Union and all north american companies and their governments should make an emphatic statement about denying rights to this misfit company to fly within their markets and cities and countries due to the rest of the defficiencies of this company not related to the bad design of the Boeing max aircraft resulting in the crash in question and other incidents of the last few years. Let us prevent Lion air from crashing their airliners in other parts of the world too. Inept company, corrupt airline regulation , pilots flying way too many hours makes Lion Air unsafe at any speed... with apologies to Ralph Nader....