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Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manual

Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manualThe comments shed further light on the areas under scrutiny as investigators prepare to publish their preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29, one month after the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board. Now the investigation’s focus appears to be expanding to the clarity of U.S.-approved procedures to help pilots prevent the 737 MAX over-reacting to such a data loss, and methods for training them. Dennis Tajer, a 737 captain and spokesman for Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents American Airlines Group Inc pilots, said his union was informed after the crash about a new system Boeing had installed on 737 MAX jets that could command the plane’s nose down in certain situations to prevent a stall.



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Flight Attendant Breastfeeds Passenger's Crying Baby

Flight Attendant Breastfeeds Passenger's Crying BabyA young passenger got a very special in-flight meal aboard Philippine Airlines



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Man on Delta Flight Says He Was Forced to Sit in Seat Dripping With Dog Feces

Man on Delta Flight Says He Was Forced to Sit in Seat Dripping With Dog FecesDelta Air Lines has apologized for the feces-covered seats on an Atlanta to Miami flight.



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Doctor Says She Was Racially Profiled By Flight Staff Who Doubted Her Credentials

Doctor Says She Was Racially Profiled By Flight Staff Who Doubted Her CredentialsA black Harvard-educated doctor says she was racially profiled by employees on



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Divers recover Lion Air jet's flight recorder on Indonesia seafloor

Divers recover Lion Air jet's flight recorder on Indonesia seafloorDivers on Thursday recovered a flight recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the two-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas earlier this week, killing all 189 people on board. One TV station showed footage of two divers after they surfaced, swimming to an inflatable vessel and placing the bright orange device into a large container that was transferred to a search-and-rescue ship. "I was desperate because the current below was strong but I am confident of the tools given to me," said navy 1st Sgt. Hendra, who uses a single name, in a television interview. After narrowing the possible location, "I started digging and cleaning the debris until I finally found an orange object," he said, standing on the deck of a ship next to his diving mate. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed early on Monday just minutes after takeoff from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Jakarta plane crash: Flight Lion Air JT610 It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia in more than two decades and renewed concerns about safety in its fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and U.S. blacklists. Navy Col. Monang Sitompul told local TV that was is believed to be the aircraft's fuselage was also seen on the seafloor. Officials said the location is about 400 meters (yards) northwest of the coordinates where the plane lost contact. An Indonesian Navy diver prepares to dive at an assigned point to search for the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at sea, north of Karawang Credit: AFP Data from flight-tracking sites show the plane had erratic speed and altitude in the early minutes of a flight on Sunday and on its fatal flight on Monday. Safety experts caution, however, that the data must be checked for accuracy against the flight data recorder. Several passengers on the Sunday flight from Bali to Jakarta have recounted problems that included a long-delayed takeoff for an engine check and terrifying descents in the first 10 minutes in the air. Lion Air has ordered 50 of the MAX 8 planes and one of its subsidiary airlines was last year the first to operate the new generation jet. Investigators say a preliminary report into the accident could be released within a month but complete findings will take several months more. The Lion Air crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board. Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June. The U.S. lifted a decadelong ban in 2016. Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.



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Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers

Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengersJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives numbed by grief provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia, as accounts emerged Tuesday of problems on the jet's previous flight including rapid descents that terrified passengers.



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Lion Air crash: Passengers recall 'panic' over engine problems on previous flight from Bali

Lion Air crash: Passengers recall 'panic' over engine problems on previous flight from BaliDivers searched on Tuesday for victims of the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people and high-tech equipment was deployed to find its data recorders as reports emerged of problems on the jet's previous flight that had terrified passengers. Search and rescue personnel worked through the night, sending 24 body bags to identification experts while the airline flew dozens of grieving relatives to the country's capital, Jakarta. The two-month-old Boeing jet crashed into the Java Sea early on Monday, just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for an island off Sumatra. Its pilot had requested clearance to return to the airport just 2-3 minutes after takeoff, which aviation experts said indicated a problem, though its cause is still baffling. The National Search and Rescue Agency said 10 intact bodies as well as body parts have been recovered. Aircraft debris and personal belongings from ID cards to clothing and bags found scattered in seas northeast of Jakarta are being spread out on tarps at a port in north Jakarta. The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia's fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and US blacklists. Jakarta plane crash: Flight Lion Air JT610 Two passengers on the plane's previous flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday have described issues that caused frustration and alarm. Alon Soetanto told TVOne the plane dropped suddenly several times in the first few minutes of its flight. "About three to eight minutes after it took off, I felt like the plane was losing power and unable to rise. That happened several times during the flight," he said. "We felt like in a roller coaster. Some passengers began to panic and vomit." His account is consistent with data from flight-tracking sites that show erratic speed, altitude and direction in the minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet took off. A similar pattern is also seen in data pinged from Monday's fatal flight. Safety experts cautioned, however, that the data must be checked for accuracy against the plane's so-called black boxes, which officials are confident will be recovered. Lion Air's president Edward Sirait said there were reports of technical problems with the flight from Bali but said it had been resolved in accordance with the procedures released by the plane manufacturer. In a detailed post online, Indonesian TV presenter Conchita Caroline said boarding of Sunday's flight was delayed by more than an hour and when the plane was being towed, a technical problem forced it to return to its parking space. She said passengers sat in the cabin without air conditioning for at least 30 minutes listening to an "unusual" engine roar, while some children vomited from the overbearing heat, until staff faced with rising anger let them disembark. After about 30 minutes of passengers waiting on the tarmac, they were told to board again while an engine was checked. Caroline said she queried a staff member but was met with a defensive response. "He just showed me the flight permit that he had signed and he said the problem had been settled," she said. "He treated me like a passenger full of disturbing dramas even though what I was asking represented friends and confused tourists who didn't understand Indonesian." Women, who are relatives of passengers on the crashed Lion Air flight JT610, cry at Bhayangkara R. Said Sukanto hospital in Jakarta Credit: Reuters Distraught family members struggled to comprehend the sudden loss of loved ones in the crash of a plane with experienced pilots in fine weather. "This is a very difficult time for our family," said Leo Sihombing, outside a crisis centre set up for family members at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport. "We know that it is very unlikely that my cousin is still alive, but no one can provide any certainty or explanation," he said as other family members wept and hugged each other. "What we hope now is rescuers can find his body, so we can bury him properly, and authorities can reveal what caused the plane crash," Sihombing said. Specialist ships and a remotely operated underwater vehicle have been deployed to search for the plane's hull and flight recorder. At a glance | Annual aviation deaths Search and Rescue Agency chief Muhammad Syaugi has said he's certain it won't take long to locate the hull of the aircraft and its flight recorders due to the relatively shallow 30 meter (115 foot) depth of the waters where it crashed. The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 on board. Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June. The U.S. lifted a decadelong ban in 2016. Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. Earlier this year it confirmed a deal to buy 50 new Boeing narrow-body aircraft worth an estimated $ 6.2 billion. It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.



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Lion Air passenger flight carrying 189 people crashes into sea in Indonesia

Lion Air passenger flight carrying 189 people crashes into sea in IndonesiaAn Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea on Monday as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier, and there were likely no survivors, officials said.



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Traffic saved Indonesian man from doomed Lion Air flight

Traffic saved Indonesian man from doomed Lion Air flightAn Indonesian man has described how Jakarta’s notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life on Monday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off. Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia’s finance ministry, had meant to be on board the ill-fated flight JT610, a journey he and his colleagues caught on a weekly basis. “I usually take (flight) JT610 — my friends and I always take this plane,” Setiawan told AFP.



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Lion Air passenger flight carrying 189 people crashes into sea in Indonesia

Lion Air passenger flight carrying 189 people crashes into sea in IndonesiaA Lion Air passenger flight carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea on Monday, shortly after taking off from the capital Jakarta. The plane was heading to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra when it  lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), 13 minutes after takeoff. "The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar," Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said. Lion Air said the aircraft, which was a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the rescue agency, tweeted photos of debris including a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been gathered by search and rescue vessels. Items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island Credit: AFP Indonesian TV broadcast pictures of a fuel slick and debris field, while other debris thought to be from the plane, including aircraft seats, were reportedly found near an offshore refining facility. Distraught friends and relatives prayed and hugged each other as they waited at Pangkal Pinang's airport.  At the National Search and Rescue Agency headquarters in Jakarta, family members turned up, hoping desperately for news. Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island Credit: AP Feni, who uses a single name, said her soon to be married sister was on the flight, planning to meet relatives in Pangkal Pinang. "We are here to find any information about my younger sister, her fiance, her in-law to be and a friend of them," said Feni. "We don't have any information," she told Associated Press. "No one provided us with any information that we need. We're confused. We hope that our family is still alive." Relatives of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the sea, cry at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang Credit: Reuters Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani also arrived at the agency and met with its chief, seeking information about 20 finance ministry staff who were on the flight. An official of Indonesia's safety transport committee said the cause of the crash would not be known until the plane's cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder were recovered. "We will collect all data from the control tower," Soerjanto Tjahjono said. "The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane and that we will review too. But the most important is the blackbox." An oil slick where Lion Air flight JT 610 reportedly crashed into the sea off the coast of Indonesia's Java island Credit: AFP The Flightradar website tracked the plane, showing it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast. Preliminary flight tracking data from the website shows the aircraft climbed to around 5,000 feet (1,524 m) before losing, and then regaining, height, before finally falling towards the sea. It was last recorded at 3,650 feet (1,113 m) and its speed had increased to 345 knots, the site showed.  We're following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. ADS-B data from the flight is available at t.co/zNM33cM0napic.twitter.com/NIU7iuCcFu— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018 The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 meters (98 to 115 feet) deep. The agency's chief Muhammad Syaugi told a news conference that divers were trying to locate the wreckage. Lion Air said the aircraft was airworthy and had only been in operation since August. Items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight Credit: AFP Its pilot and co-pilot had together amassed 11,000 hours of flying time, the airline said in a statement. The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017. Boeing was aware of the reports and was "closely monitoring" the situation, its spokesman told Reuters.  A Boeing 737 MAX Credit: Reuters Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered several fatal crashes in recent years. A 12-year-old boy was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia in August. In August 2015, a commercial passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.



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