Building a Global Bridge Between Attorneys and Families
As consultant to some of the most prestigious law firms in the United States, Air Crash Consultants is uniquely positioned to advise you—you who have lost a loved one to an airline tragedy.
With Air Crash Consultants, you are never obligated to retain a lawyer for whom we consult, and you never pay Air Crash Consultants for our services.
The following is only one of the many airline tragedies where Air Crash Consultants served to provide much-needed assistance to benefit the families of the victims.
What Happened, October 29, 2018
Shortly after take-off from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia, the flight’s last radio contact from the Boeing 737 MAX was at 06:31 local time when the captain requested the arrival controller to block altitude 3,000 feet above and below for traffic avoidance. The controller asked what altitude the pilot wanted, to which the captain responded “five thou”. The controller approved the pilot request. The FDR stopped recording twenty seconds after the pilot’s response. Lion Air flight 610 had impacted the sea some 15 km north off Tanjung Bungin. Sadly, all 189 aboard died in the crash.
Equipment Failures; Boeing’s Reaction
The plane’s registration was PK-LQP. Lion Air put the plane into service on August 18, 2018. The maintenance log recorded a history of airspeed problems and altitude flags which appeared on the captain’s (left). Primary Flight Display three times, and SPEED TRIM FAIL light illumination and MACH TRIM FAIL light illumination that occurred twice. Engineers tried to fix these issues. The day before the accident the Angle of Attack (AoA) sensor was replaced by engineers at Denpasar Airport.
On November 6, 2018, Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor.
On November 7, the FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring “revising certificate limitations and operating procedures of the airplane flight manual (AFM) to provide the flight crew with runaway horizontal stabilizer trim procedures to follow under certain conditions.”
Our Message to Survivors
If you or someone you know have lost someone in an airline tragedy, it may be that words are less consoling than a kind touch, or heartfelt willingness to listen.
We know empathy spans nations, and we’ve had a chance to help many survivors and their families, both here in the US, and internationally.
We choose life, and we choose to help with the healing of those who have been left behind.
You too, can benefit from our many years of experience. For example, we can explain the details of the protocol that has been developed for aviation accidents and the sequence of events of the investigation:
* the accident occurs;
* news of the crash circulates;
* the names of the victims are withheld until families are notified;
* if the crash is international, the governments involved send representatives;
* the plane manufacturers send representatives and the airline sends representatives;
* all the representatives follow a specific code of correct conduct to investigate the scene, and protect the site so that the evidence can reveal the truth of what occurred.
You can learn more about our mission at Air Crash Consultants.