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Indonesia: Investigators blame mechanical malfunction, pilot 'complacency' for deadly Sriwijaya Air crash02:40

Indonesia: Investigators blame mechanical malfunction, pilot 'complacency' for deadly Sriwijaya Air crash

Indonesia, Jakarta
November 10, 2022 at 12:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lead investigator of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) Nurcahyo Utomo told a press conference in Jakarta, on Thursday that an engine control system malfunction and pilot 'complacency' were believed to be behind the deadly Sriwijaya Air plane crash in 2021.

According to Nurcahyo Utomo, one of Boeing 737-500 automated engine throttle levers malfunctioned leading to extreme tilt above 35 degrees, while pilots misread the data and could not react on time.

"Because the plane was tilted to the left and was taken over by the pilot who was too confident in the auto system which said the plane tilted to the right, the rudder was tilted to the left, resulting in the plane tilting (further) to the left," explained the KNKT expert.

The Boeing 737-500, operated by Sriwijaya Air, crashed on January 9 2021 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta for Pontianak, killing all 62 passengers and crew on board.

Indonesia: Investigators blame mechanical malfunction, pilot 'complacency' for deadly Sriwijaya Air crash02:40
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Lead investigator of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) Nurcahyo Utomo told a press conference in Jakarta, on Thursday that an engine control system malfunction and pilot 'complacency' were believed to be behind the deadly Sriwijaya Air plane crash in 2021.

According to Nurcahyo Utomo, one of Boeing 737-500 automated engine throttle levers malfunctioned leading to extreme tilt above 35 degrees, while pilots misread the data and could not react on time.

"Because the plane was tilted to the left and was taken over by the pilot who was too confident in the auto system which said the plane tilted to the right, the rudder was tilted to the left, resulting in the plane tilting (further) to the left," explained the KNKT expert.

The Boeing 737-500, operated by Sriwijaya Air, crashed on January 9 2021 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta for Pontianak, killing all 62 passengers and crew on board.