Tuesday , October 19 2021

DGCA requests Jet Air, SpiceJet to take action on sensor-related problems with the Boeing 737 MAX


NEW DELHI: The Civil Aviation Authority DGCA has asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to take corrective action to address any problems with its Boeing 737 MAX plan that could lead to "significant altitude loss" of the aircraft, a senior official said on Thursday.

The latest directive follows advice issued by the US Guardian Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing regarding the B 737 MAX plan after the crash of a Lion Air aircraft in Indonesia last month.

Currently, Jet Airways and SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX are flying in India. Together there are at least six such aircraft with the two carriers.

"Both documents address incorrectly high" attack angle "(AOA) input and corrective action for the same as it has potential for repeated horizontal stabilizer nose-down commands," a Director General of Civil Aviation Directorate (DGCA) told.


Officially said that if the condition is not corrected, it may cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the aircraft.

The permit can even lead to "excessive nasal use, significant loss of height and possible impact on the terrain," the official noted.

Based on the first survey of the Lion Air air accident, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) on 7 November. Boeing released a bulletin on the issue on November 6th.

DGCA official said that within three days after receiving FAA AD, changes to the aircraft manual must be made for procedures that must be followed by flight crews.

"DGCA has ensured that all Indian operators are aware of FAA AD and have taken appropriate remedial actions," he added.

Comments from Jet Airways and SpiceJet were waiting.

On November 6, Boeing said that it had issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) that directs operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is incorrect input from an AOA sensor.

On October 30, Civil Aviation Secretary Suresh Prabhu said the DGCA had been asked to watch engines and other issues related to airlines that followed the crash in Indonesia.

DGCA had reviewed performance of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan operated by Jet Airways and SpiceJet. The review came a day after a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed into the ocean just after leaving Jakarta. There were more than 180 people on board.

The watchdog had also sought details of the airline crash from Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) regulator.

In September, the minister addressed real officials to elaborate a comprehensive safety audit plan, including safety parameters assessment for all planned airlines, airports, flight training schools and maintenance, repair and review organizations (MROs).

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