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Lack of training may be to blame for aircraft accident

When people board a commercial flight, they assume the pilots flying the aircraft fully understand how to operate all of the controls. Safety devices designed to minimize the risk of aircraft failure are continually being updated. What happens, however, when pilots are not properly educated on how these safety devices work and what to do in a case where they malfunction?

Sadly, the crew and passengers aboard Indonesia's Lion Air Flight 610 found out when their plane went down into the Java Sea on October 29. The aircraft was recognized as being one of the newest and safest planes. A new automated anti-stall feature was implemented into the aircraft, but pilots were not told how the system worked or what action to take if it should fail during flight. An AOA sensor attached to the safety system was said to be generating erroneous input, which may have caused the accident. Aircraft maintenance technicians were looking into the problem and had just recently replace the AOA sensor. In fact, the maintenance worker was onboard the flight at the time the accident occurred. Regardless of the replacement, the system failed. The pilots were unsure of how to handle the issue and all lives on the craft were lost.

New technology continually improves our way of life. When companies overlook small details, however, catastrophic aircraft accidents may occur. Attorneys are available to help those who have experienced such an event and have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of another's negligence.

Source: ARS Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by "safety" feature change pilots weren't told of," Sean Gallagher, Nov.13, 2018.

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