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JT610 pilots struggled against Max 8's nose down commands

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Data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October shows that the jet’s nose was repeatedly forced down before the pilots lost control of the aircraft. The chart detailing parameters of the accident flight was released by Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) in a presentation to the Indonesian parliament on 22 November. The data will likely form the backbone of a preliminary report that the committee is scheduled to be… (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

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alsy
Maybe I am missing something but why the hell didn't they disconnect the Auto-system and fly by hand. Apparently the attitude instruments were still okay, so they could have controlled the aircraft manually. Sounds like a major lack of training and basic skills.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 3
Check ou this article it may add some insight.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/opinion-pilots-need-answers-on-737-max-safety-syste-453716/
vector4traffic
I'm wondering the same but is it possible there's no obvious indication that the flight computer is overriding their inputs?
DarrylLyons
As I understand it the system could not be disconnected. My first thought, like yours, was just revert to needle, ball and airspeed and fly the airplane.
dodger4
dodger4 1
errrr, helloe....click off and fly manually...?

WTF these Asian airlines seem to be mindlessly glued to the automation and cannot release it. This is a 10-year history pattern.

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