Did a Computer Send Lion Air Flight 610 Into a Death Dive?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOnce more investigators urgently searching for the cause of an air disaster are frustrated because it occurred over water where crucial clues cannot be swiftly retrieved. In this case Boeing has had to issue a warning to airlines about a problem with its new 737 MAX-8 jets—a problem that is believed to have caused the deaths of 189 people aboard a Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia on October 29. The warning about a problem with the flight controls focuses on erroneous data being fed to the elevators, part of the horizontal stabilizer that control whether the nose goes up or down. In this case it appears that the elevators were told that the nose was pulling up (when it was not) and countered this by forcing the nose down, directly creating the death dive. Read more at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here