A malfunctioning computerized throttle might have brought on the pilots of a Sriwijaya Air jet to lose management, resulting in the airplane’s plunge into the Java Sea final month, Indonesian investigators stated Wednesday.
National Transportation Safety Committee investigators stated they’re nonetheless struggling to grasp why the Boeing jet nosedived into the water minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Jan. 9, killing all 62 folks on board.
The investigators issued a preliminary report that offered new particulars of the pilots’ wrestle to fly the airplane from nearly as quickly because it grew to become airborne.
The lead investigator, Nurcahyo Utomo, stated the left engine’s throttle lever had moved backward by itself whereas autopilot was engaged, decreasing the ability output of that engine simply earlier than the jet plunged into the ocean.
He stated pilots of earlier flights had reported issues with the automated throttle system on the 26-year-old jet.
The Boeing 737-500 was out of service for nearly 9 months final 12 months due to flight cutbacks attributable to the Corona Virus pandemic. Regulators and the airline stated it underwent inspections earlier than resuming business flights in December.
Indonesia’s aviation business grew rapidly after the nation’s financial system was opened following the autumn of dictator Suharto in the late 1990s. Safety issues led the United States and the European Union to ban Indonesian carriers for years, however the bans have since been lifted as a consequence of higher compliance with worldwide aviation requirements.