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Lion Air Copilot Handed Control to Pilot Just Before Bali Crash

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee found that the copilot of a passenger jet operated by PT Lion Mentari Airlines handed control to the pilot just before it crashed off Bali’s main airport last month.

The 24-year-old copilot, with 1,200 hours of flying experience, relinquished control of the Boeing Co. 737-800 passenger jet when it was at an altitude of 150 feet, NTSC said in a 28 page preliminary report posted on the Ministry of Transport website. He told the senior pilot he couldn’t see the runway twice during the approach, the report says.