DGCA asks Jet, SpiceJet  to address issues with Boeing 737 Max aircraft

The latest directive follows advisories issued by US watchdog FAA and Boeing after the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX plane operated by Indonesia's Lion Air last month.

Published: 08th November 2018 07:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2018 06:36 AM   |  A+A-

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Jet Airways aircrafts. Image used for representational purpose only. (File | Reuters)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to take corrective measures to address any possible issues with their Boeing 737 Max aircraft that could lead to significant altitude loss. Jet Airways and SpiceJet are the only airlines in India that fly the Boeing 737 Max. The advisory comes in the wake of the recent air crash in Indonesia that killed all 189 on board. 

ALSO READ: Indonesian jet crash: All 189 aboard plane 'likely' dead, say search and rescue officials

On October 30, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu had said the DGCA had been asked to look at engine and other issues of Boeing 737 Max planes following which the aviation regulator reviewed the performance of such aircraft operated by the two airlines.

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Based on initial investigation of the Lion Air plane crash, the US watchdog Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing had issued advisories on Wednesday on what could be done to prevent similar incidents involving the Boeing 737 Max.A DGCA official said the two advisories talk about erroneous high angle of attack sensor input and corrective action for the same as it has potential for repeated nose-down trim commands of horizontal stabilizer.

Angle of attack is a technical term that refers to the angle between the oncoming air or relative wind and a reference line on the airplane or wing, according to Boeing. The DGCA official said if the condition is not addressed, it could cause difficulty in controlling the airplane. The condition can even lead to “excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain (plane crash)” . The DGCA official said changes to the flight manual have to be done within three days after getting the airworthiness directive from the US watchdog.

ALSO READ: Crashed Lion Air jet had airspeed indicator glitch on fatal flight, say Indonesia officials

 

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