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Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of
2018-11-13T17:40:54+00:00 - Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica
On November 6, Boeing issued an update to Boeing 737 MAX aircrews. Lion Air was one of Boeing's primary foreign customers for the MAX, which is also flown by Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Canada. The Lion Air aircraft lost in the accident was virtually brand new, delivered by Boeing in August; this was the first accident involving an aircraft touted for its safety. But Boeing never told pilots about one key new safety feature—an automated anti-stall system—or how to troubleshoot its failure. Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, told Bloomberg, “We don’t like that we weren’t notified.” Southwest has ordered 257 737 MAX aircraft; American has orders for 85 still pending.

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