737 Max 8
For Lion Air Crash
3/20/2019 2:59 PM PDT
Boeing is getting sued for wrongful death over the Lion Air crash of a 737 Max 8 in Indonesia … a disaster that killed everyone on board — and signaled the start of Boeing’s troubles the model.
The federal suit was filed by the estate of Rohmanir Pandi Sagala, one of the 189 souls lost when the flight went down last October. According to docs, obtained, by TMZ, the 737 Max 8’s problems stem from a system called MCAS — Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System — which is supposed to stabilize the plane during flight.
However, in the suit, Sagala’s attorneys say the MCAS on Lion Air’s flight 610 tilted the nose into a dive without any input from the pilot … due to a faulty sensor. Sagala’s estate claims the pilots fought to pull the nose back up, causing the plane to see-saw more than 2 dozen times before crashing into the Java Sea.
The lawsuit says Boeing failed to warn the public and pilots about the “dangerous and defective design” of the 737 Max 8. It also references the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines disaster — another 737 Max 8 — which killed 157 people, and led the worldwide grounding of the model.
For the record, investigators blamed the crash on the pilot over-correcting the nose when a sensor indicated the danger of a stalled engine.