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Mystery off-duty pilot aboard Lion Air flight speaks to authorities

Mystery off-duty pilot aboard Lion Air flight speaks to authorities

Indonesia's safety regulator has interviewed the off-duty pilot who was in the cockpit and helped the crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system on a Lion Air plane a day before the aircraft crashed.

  • by Fathiya Dahrul, Harry Suhartono and Kyunghee Park

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Doomed jets lacked two key safety features that Boeing sold as extras
Ethiopian airlines crash

Doomed jets lacked two key safety features that Boeing sold as extras

As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits.

  • by Hiroko Tabuchi and David Gelles
Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet
Boeing crisis

Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet

As the seconds ticked by, the pilot handed the controls to his co-pilot and flipped through the pages of a technical manual, trying to figure out what was happening.

  • by Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono
Pilot who hitched a ride saved Boeing 737 Max a day before it crashed
Boeing crisis

Pilot who hitched a ride saved Boeing 737 Max a day before it crashed

An off-duty pilot in the cockpit saved the Lion Air 737 Max jet on October 28. The next day, with a different crew, it crashed, killing all 189 aboard.

  • by Alan Levin and Harry Suhartono
China looks at excluding Boeing 737 Max jet from trade deal with Trump
Trade wars

China looks at excluding Boeing 737 Max jet from trade deal with Trump

China is looking at excluding Boeing's troubled 737 Max jet from a list of American exports it would buy as part of a trade deal with the US, sources say.

  • by Steven Yang and Jessica Zhou
Investigators see flight angle data similarity with Indonesian plane
Ethiopian airlines crash

Investigators see flight angle data similarity with Indonesian plane

Analysis of the cockpit recorder showed its so-called "angle of attack" data was "very, very similar" to the Lion Air jet that came down off Jakarta in October.

  • by Maggie Fick and Tim Hepher
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Why Trump is right about pilots
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Opinion

Why Trump is right about pilots

President Donald Trump was widely mocked last week for his response to the crash of Ethiopian Airlines, but he made a good point.

  • by David Fickling
Ethiopian Airlines black boxes show 'clear similarities' to Lion Air crash
Air accident

Ethiopian Airlines black boxes show 'clear similarities' to Lion Air crash

Ethiopia said the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had "clear similarities" with October's Lion Air crash, according to initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage.

  • by Maggie Fick and Tim Hepher
Max 8 crashes put spotlight on Boeing's line to the White House
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Max 8 crashes put spotlight on Boeing's line to the White House

Boeing faces a test of its influence as congressional investigators look into how the plane was approved, what caused the crashes and why the FAA delayed its grounding order.

  • by Bart Jansen and John Fritze
Investigators begin studying Ethiopian jet's voice recorder

Investigators begin studying Ethiopian jet's voice recorder

Investigators have begun technical work on the cockpit voice recorder from the Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Ethiopia, the French agency for civil aviation safety, said in a tweet on Saturday.

Boeing software fix to 737 Max jets will cost billions of dollars
Aviation

Boeing software fix to 737 Max jets will cost billions of dollars

The software fix for Boeing's 737 Max may end up costing the aircraft manufacturer billions of dollars as it redesigns a computerised flight-control system.

  • by Alan Levin, Richard Clough and Mary Schlangenstein