Mechanical Error at the Root of Lion Air Crash?
Lion Air JT 610 Aircraft Was Reporting Major Mechanical Issues the Day Before Fatal Crash
Ill-fated Lion Air JT 610 that crashed killing 189 passengers and crew on board on Monday, October 29, 2018, while flying from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, information now available reveals the same aircraft was flying the night before the fatal crash from Denpasar (Bali) to Jakarta and encountered significant technical problems that caused the aircraft’s departure to be delayed by more than 4 hours.
As reported by detik.com, the Boeing 737-MAX8 aircraft with the registration number PL-LQP managed to be delayed and was the source of panic and consternation among passengers flying from Bali to Jakarta.
Conchita Caroline, one of the passengers flying from Bali to Jakarta, shared her experience on the social network. Contacted after the crash by detik.com on Monday, October 29, 2018, Conchita said: “
“I was supposed to board at 17:45 that was postponed until 18:15. I entered the airplane around 19:30-19:40. But the airplane did not depart immediately. For about 30-45 minutes that plane was ‘dead.’ “
Conchita told of how the airplane began to taxi from its parking space but suddenly stopped and sat on the taxiway without power for an extended period. She said the plane did not move, the engines went silent and the air conditioning stopped. Passengers on board the airplane began to protest while efforts to restart the aircraft continued. She said children on the aircraft became nauseous. With the cabin crew unable to explain what was happening, the stewardesses eventually allowed passengers to exit the hot aircraft. Conchita said that after a long time, suddenly the passengers were ordered to re-board while being told that the plot wanted to check the engine and restart the flight.
The plane managed to take off some four hours behind schedule. As the plane flew, Conchita said the sounds of the starboard and portside engine sounded distinctively different. She said other passengers commented that the starboard engine sounded peculiar and that the floor of the airplane felt hot.
Conchita shared her experience on Instagram.