+++ TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 Noon: Speculation mounts that accident prone Pitot Tube technology on the Lion Air Boeing (now dropped by Airbus in favour of a Thales detection system) caused new Boeing jet to crash. This is what Julian Bray aviation expert found during an earlier incident involving a Russian aircraft Click this link: https://julianbrayrecessionbuster07944217476.blogspot.com/2018/02/russian-aircraft-crashes-shortly.html#links +++
A combined services sea search operation has been reclassified as a recovery, and is currently underway seeking the location of recently taken into service Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October.
At 1500hrs Monday: Reports are now coming in of the first bodies being recovered by the Indonesian rescue teams.
The state search and rescue agency Basarnas says it deployed a team to locate the aircraft and its flight data and cockpit voice recorders. At the time of the accident, the 737 failed to make any emergency transmissions, although the captain had requested a return to the airport.
The initial search now a recovery fleet includes one helicopter, three ships, and some 80 search personnel. Other assets will join in once the locus of the search area has been established.
The absence of large sections of debris some sources are suggesting the jet broke up upon impact.
Lion Air in a news conference stated that the two pilots operating the flight had substantial flying experience. The captain, 6,000 flying hours and the co-pilot 5,000 hours. It also says the aircraft was airworthy prior to the accident and that an earlier technical report had been addressed in accordance with the aircraft manufacturers instructions. The new aircraft operation leased from CMIG leasing, was a new addition to the Lion Air Fleet only delivered on 13 August 2018, serial number 43000, configured with 180 seats.
Over the years there had been international concerns over the safety record of the airline resulting in it being barred from European airspace, this was addressed and management changes effected, with the result the EU ban was lifted a few years ago.
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