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Lion Air 737 crash probe focuses on faulty sensor

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An artist’s conception shows the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. (Boeing Illustration)

Right from the start of last month’s fatal flight of a Lion Air 737 MAX jet from Indonesia, pilots were struggling with an automatic flight control system that had caused problems during a flight the day before, according to a preliminary investigative report.

The report — based on an analysis of readings from the jet’s flight data recorder, or “black box” — says the pilots on the Oct. 29 flight fought for 10 minutes to keep the Boeing jet’s nose from being pushed downward. But they lost the struggle against the automatic system, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS. The 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people aboard.

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Boeing delivers first 737 MAX 9 to Lion Air

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Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 9 takes to the air. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing made its first delivery of a 737 MAX 9 jet to Lion Air Group today — less than a year after the same holding group got in on the debut of the plane’s smaller sibling, the MAX 8.

Last year’s first-ever 737 MAX delivery went to Malaysia’s Malindo Air, a low-fare airline that’s now known as Batik Air Malaysia and is under the wing of Lion Air Group. The jet that took the spotlight today at Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Center went to a different Lion Air Group carrier, Thai Lion Air.

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