Clues that link the recent Boeing 737 Max aircraft disaster to an earlier crash in October 2018 came from space.
A new reporter reveals that a satellite network is able to track aircraft around the world, followed the escape route of the Boeing 737 Max that crashed last Sunday. This data was crucial to persuade the United States to ground the jet and take the lead of other countries around the world.
The FAA was convinced by the whimsical, six-minute flight of the plane from Ethiopian Airlines, which found that it was close enough to a crash on October 29 of another 737 Max off the coast of Indonesia to "worry" ". After evaluating the data, "it became clear – to all parties, in fact – that the route of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and very much like the Lion Air flight," said the agency's acting manager, Daniel Elwell.
Marc Garneau, the transport minister in Canada, also used satellite tracking systems to be determined to ground the 737 Max.
The company that provides flight tracking data is Aireon LLC – it was founded in 2012 by Iridium Communications and Nav Canada, a non-profit organization that accompanies air traffic in Canada. Aireon is introducing a new service for following commercial airlines this week. Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer of Aireon, said in an interview last month: "We now have a global view of all aircraft. It is finally real. It is finally here."
This company shared the data with the American NTSB and the FAA, as well as with various European authorities and various African aviation authorities. The first traces of the aircraft from an Ethiopian ground station "were not consistent with how aircraft fly and were not credible". It was only after the authorities had assessed the Aireon data that caused concern.
The Lion Air 610 crash in October experienced more than "two dozen short dives shortly after taking off" according to the article. Indonesian researchers said the aircraft was automatically ordered to dive due to software known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). The software misinterpreted the aircraft as being in danger of losing the lift on its wings.
Boeing placed MCAS in its aircraft as a protection against an aerodynamic booth, but in the case of the October flight, a sensor failure signaled that the aircraft was in danger if it were not present, causing it to automatically dive. Instead of turning off the engine that caused the dives, the pilots tried to stop it with their controls until it plunged into the sea.
The Ethiopian flight showed similar "very unusual descents followed by climbs".
Peter Goelz, former director of the NTSB, said: "It certainly puts a magnifying glass on the MCAS system, implying that there were two similar accidents and that it was probably the interaction of the MCAS system with the flight of the aircraft. "
Kevin Durkin, an aviation lawyer, said: "If you have a defective product and it appears that Boeing was aware of this, it could easily expose them to punitive damages. The standard is whether the company was engaged in an & # 39; conscious indifference to the safety of others & # 39 ;. "
However, apart from just legal damage, the reputation Boeing is likely to experience: as noted earlier, in the worst case, about $ 600 billion in Boeing 737 Max orders could be compromised if Boeing treated the two prospectively. , seemingly related disasters.