An off-duty pilot reportedly saved a Lion Air flight after the crew lost control of a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft last October, one day before the same aircraft was involved in a deadly crash, Bloomberg News reported.
According to the report, the off-duty pilot, who was in the cockpit jumpseat, explained to the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system. In doing so, the pilot saved the flight, which was from Bali to Jakarta, from near-certain disaster.
The pilot reportedly told the crew to cut power to a motor causing the aircraft to dive, sources told Bloomberg.
The following day, the deadly crash occurred, killing all 189 people aboard that 737 Max plane. The crash followed a malfunction identical to the one occurred on the previous day’s flight, investigators told Bloomberg News.