The day before the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed, a third off-duty pilot saved the same plane by disabling the automatic system thought to have caused the accident by repeatedly pushing the aircraft nose down, according to this Bloomberg report.
This pilot was only hitching a ride on the plane, a “dead head” pilot but, when the plane got into difficulty, he helped the on-duty flight crew by instructing them to cut power to the motor driving the nose down, which is reportedly part of a checklist that pilots have to remember.
Passengers on that flight described a roller coaster ride of speed and altitude changes. Initial investigations show both crashes had similar aircraft malfunctions causing all MAX 8 aircraft to be grounded.
You can read about our flight on an Ethiopian 737 MAX just after the Lion Air Crash.
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