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Former NTSB investigator blames pilots for LionAir crash

New York readers might be interested to learn that a former U.S. government crash investigator disputes an Indonesian NTSC report that blames faulty software for the crash of LionAir Flight 610 in October 2018. The report was issued in October of this year.

The 322-page report found that the crash of the 737 MAX plane was caused by a complicated computer system known as MCAS, which is designed to point the aircraft's nose downward to prevent it from stalling. However, a former National Transportation Safety Board crash investigator and airline safety expert challenges that claim, saying it contains "many flaws in logic" and doesn't properly consider the facts.

According to the investigator, the doomed plane's pilots were responsible for the crash. In fact, he specifically singles out the first officer, claiming that he "lacked basic flying skills" and received consistently poor ratings during all phases of training. Furthermore, the investigator contends that the plane never should have been in the air due to a series of uncorrected maintenance issues that made the craft unairworthy. He also noted that LionAir has had multiple accidents and serious safety incidents over the last six years. In March, the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded worldwide following the LionAir crash and a second crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines plane. The Technical Advisory Board recently deemed Boeing's redesign of the troubled aircraft to be "safe." However, the plane has not yet been cleared to resume flights.

A family that has lost a loved one in an international aviation accident might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible airline and other parties. While a settlement could never replace a family member, it might provide needed compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, mental anguish and more. A family could contact a personal injury law firm to learn more about their legal options.

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