Pilots of doomed Lion Air jet 'desperately looked through handbook as it nosedived into the sea'

Mail Online | 3/20/2019 | Reuters;Julian Robinson for MailOnline
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A cockpit recording from a doomed Lion Air Boeing jet has revealed pilots desperately looked through the plane's instruction manual as it nosedived into the sea off Indonesia.

Pilots scoured the handbook as they struggled to understand why the Max 8 aircraft was lurching downwards - but ran out of time before it hit the water, according to people with knowledge of the recording.

Investigation - Crash - People - Board - October

The investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 people on board in October, has taken on new relevance as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other regulators grounded the model last week after a second deadly accident in Ethiopia.

Investigators examining the Indonesian crash are considering how a computer ordered the plane to dive in response to data from a faulty sensor and whether the pilots had enough training to respond appropriately to the emergency, among other factors.

Time - Voice - Recorder - Contents - Lion

It is the first time the voice recorder contents from the Lion Air flight have been made public. The three sources discussed them on condition of anonymity.

A Lion Air spokesman said all data and information had been given to investigators and declined to comment further.

Captain - Controls - Lion - Air - Flight

The captain was at the controls of Lion Air flight JT610 when the nearly new jet took off from Jakarta, and the first officer was handling the radio, according to a preliminary report issued in November.

Just two minutes into the flight, the first officer reported a 'flight control problem' to air traffic control and said the pilots intended to maintain an altitude of 5,000 feet, the November report said.

Officer - Problem - Source - Airspeed - Cockpit

The first officer did not specify the problem, but one source said airspeed was mentioned on the cockpit voice recording, and a second source said an indicator showed a problem on the captain's display but not the first officer's.

The captain asked the first officer to check...
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