Boeing didn't tell airlines that safety alert wasn't on
Updated : May 06, 2019 11:21 AM IST
The feature was designed to warn pilots when a key sensor might be providing incorrect information about the pitch of the plane's nose.
The sensors malfunctioned during an October flight in Indonesia and another in March in Ethiopia, causing software on the plane to push the nose down. Pilots were unable to regain control of either plane, and both crashed, killing 346 people.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency was notified of the non-working warning light in November, after a Lion Air 737 Max crashed on October 29 in Indonesia. He said FAA experts determined that the non-working cockpit indicator presented a low risk.
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