"They should have been completely engaged in what was going on inside that cockpit, and any kind of warning that came up, they would have been wise to pay attention to it", Curtis said.
A week after the disaster, there is still no answer as to what caused the crash. "Is this fatal? NTSC wants to explore this", Tjahjono said. However, the Times noted, there has been no evidence of widespread problems with airspeed indicators in the Max 8 fleet. More than a week after the Lion Air 737 plane crashed claiming the lives of 189 people, another plane has been involved in an accident during take-off yesterday. "Especially if you have a crew that's confused and doesn't know what's going on".
Civil Aviation authorities in the United States and Europe were also being consulted for their help in the probe, he added.
They were all moved to a second plane on Wednesday night, which eventually brought them to their destination, Jakarta, with a four-hour delay. Only the National Search and Rescue Agency will press on with the task. "We have flaws, but we doing the best we can".
Boeing has delivered 219 Max planes - the latest and most advanced 737 jets - since the models made their commercial debut past year with a Lion Air subsidiary.
All were found to be airworthy although two required repairs for "minor" problems.
The accident has resurrected concerns about Indonesia's poor air safety record, which until recently saw its carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and USA airspace.
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Neither carrier said they had received any reports from pilots of issues with the sensor, which calculates the "angle of attack", a measurement of the angle of the plane's wing and airflow needed to maintain lift.
Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on October 29, minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all the 189 on board. There were no survivors.
Aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), had asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to take corrective action to address possible issues with their Boeing 737 MAX planes, which could lead to "significant altitude loss" of the aircraft, a senior official said on Thursday.
As of Wednesday, a joint search team had identified 44 victims of the Lion Air JT610 crash.
Prior to the accident, Daniel said that Lion Air had held daily meetings with Boeing representatives in Indonesia and said that several announcements will be made in due course all of which is based on these meetings.
Even if an angle of attack sensor on a jet is faulty, there's generally a backup system in place for the critical component, and pilots are trained to handle a plane safely if those sensors fail, airline safety experts said.
But what is disturbing is why Lion Air didn't pull this plane from service after repeated problems.