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Lion Air jet was "not airworthy" on prior flight

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Lion Air jet was 'not airworthy' on prior flight

Lion Air jet was "not airworthy" on prior flight

A Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea off Indonesia last month was not in an airworthy condition on its second-to-last flight, when pilots experienced similar problems to those on its doomed last journey, according to investigators.

Michelle Hennessey reports.


Lion Air jet was "not airworthy" on prior flight

Indonesia has made a preliminary report on the deadly Lion Air crash public.

In it - details of how the pilots desperately tried to fight the plane's automatic systems, and the captain's last words to air traffic control.

Investigators stopped short of saying what exactly caused the brand new Boeing jet to crash, killing all 189 people on board.

But they did reveal on Wednesday (November 28) that the plane was not in an airworthy condition, on its flight the day before.

Information from the data recorder from the flight that crashed the next day, showed the captain had to keep pulling the aircraft's nose up - while the automated system triggered an anti-stall maneuver - that kept pushing it back down into a nose dive.

The last words air traffic control received from the flight, were the captain asking to be cleared to fly at just 5,000 feet.

Investigators say it's too early to say if the Boeing aircraft's anti-stall system contributed to the crash.

Pilots flying the same plane a day earlier experienced a similar problem.

They turned the system off - and landed safely.

The pilots of that flight reported the problem to Lion Air maintenance.

They checked the jet and it was then cleared for takeoff the next morning.

In a statement, Boeing made no reference to a revised anti-stall system, that was introduced in the latest model of its Boeing aircraft last year.

Indonesian investigators and U.S. pilots have said the new system was missing from the operating manual.

Boeing said procedures for preventing an accidental triggering of the anti-stall system were in place and said pilots on the previous flight had successfully used that drill.

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