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Personnel from National Transportation Safety Board examine debris from Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 1, 2018.

Indonesian low-priced carrier Lion Air needs to think of a new slogan for "we make people fly" is not what they are doing.

An Indonesian Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea last week, killing all 189 on board, had an airspeed indicator problem on its fatal flight and on three previous journeys, the country's transportation watchdog said Monday.

The manufacturer cautioned that the so-called angle-of-attack sensor can provide false readings in limited circumstances that cause the 737 Max to pitch nose downward.

US aviation regulators said they are drafting an order requiring that airlines follow Boeing's instructions.

"To underscore our commitment to safety, Southwest is issuing communication to highlight the existing procedures to Southwest pilots that operate our 737 Max 8 fleet", the company said.

According to The Seattle Times' aerospace reporter, if the AoA sensor falsely indicates that the plane's nose is too high, the automatic system response is to "trim" the plane's horizontal tail to begin putting the nose down.

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Meanwhile, authorities are still investigating what exactly happened during the Lion Air crash, which killed 189 passengers.

The Boeing 737-900 plane was on its way to the runway at Fatmawati airport in Bengkulu, Indonesia, when its left wing collided with a metal post.

In advance of Boeing's brief statement, sources told Bloomberg News and The Air Current that the recommended procedures are meant to handle issues related to the potential for a stall.

"The bulletin reinforces existing procedures which all Air Canada crews are now trained on", Fitzpatrick said. "So far, all the results are good and all are airworthy", Director of Aircraft Airworthiness and Operations, Captain Avirianto, said in a statement.

The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the sea 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta.

Transport safety committee chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said airspeed indicator malfunctions on the jet's last four flights, which were revealed by an analysis of the flight data recorder, were intertwined with the sensor issue. Boeing has more than 4,500 orders for the airliners, which feature larger engines, more aerodynamic wings and an upgraded cockpit with larger glass displays.

Meanwhile, the search operation to recover the passengers, crew and the airplane's cockpit voice recorder is ongoing.


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