LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGG

Movement of the pilot’s seat occurred during diving incident with LATAM Boeing 787

Aircraft plunged in flight on the Sydney-Auckland route, according to reports. Investigation is being carried out by Chile’s civil aviation authority

The LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGG that went into a steep dive during flight LA800 between Sydney and Auclkand on March 11 is being investigated by the Chilean Aviation Authority (DGAC), which has not yet commented on the incident.

However, sources from The Air Current stated that the investigations are focused on the seat of one of the aircraft’s pilots, who had moved unexpectedly.

It is understood that the possibly forward and unintentional movement could have pushed the control stick, causing the Boeing 787 to lower its nose and begin a dive.

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According to the outlet, the circumstances of the episode are being assessed, which may have been caused by a short circuit. Passengers reported that the aircraft’s captain said the jet’s dials had “gone out” during the event.

Boeing 787 cockpit (Alex Beltyukov)

New Zealand investigators retained the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) from the CC-BGG jet, which received other “black boxes” and flew to Santiago de Chile on March 14 on transfer flight LA9600.

Flight LA800 was carrying 263 passengers and nine crew members, 13 of whom were treated for injuries and taken to a medical center in Auckland.

Boeing did not comment at Reuters’ request while the Chilean carrier said it was not appropriate to comment on speculation while it “continues to work in coordination with the authorities to support the investigation.”



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