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Boeing Planes Involved in Major Crashes Lacked “Optional” Safety Features

Published on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:36 am in AIrplane Accidents.

While it’s still not clear what caused the Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to crash, it is now clear that Boeing reportedly sold the 737 planes without two safety features that are offered to airlines at an additional cost. Aircraft manufacturers generally offer upgrades to standard planes. The upgrades are typically related to aesthetic features, not safety. Airlines are not legally required to buy optional extras, so many low-cost carriers choose not to.

The safety features are the “angle of attack indicator” and the “angle of attack disagree light.” The angle of attack indicator displays readings for sensors that determine where the nose of the plane is pointing. The disagree light feature alerts the pilot when those sensors don’t agree.

Lion Air Crash Victim Families Pressured Not to Sue

Published on Apr 2, 2019 at 3:48 pm in AIrplane Accidents.

Weeks after the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in Indonesia on October 29, 2018, families of the deceased were told by employees of the airline to sign a form to receive compensation for their losses. To receive payment, signers had to agree to not pursue legal action against Lion Air, it’s financial backers and insurers, or Boeing – the manufacturer of the plane.

At a hotel conference room, families of the victims of the Lion Air airplane accident were presented with an opportunity for government-mandated compensation for loss of life in an aviation accident. Families were eligible to receive 1.3 billion rupiahs, which is equivalent to $91,600.

While the amount is significant for families who lost breadwinners, have to pay bills, and have children in school, they were only offered the minimum of what they were entitled to receive under Indonesian law.