Boeing close to issuing safety warning on 737 Max

09 November, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Boeing to issue safety warning to pilots for 737 Max jets: Report

Boeing's bulletin said it was directing flight crews to existing guidelines.

Indonesian accident investigators said on Monday that an airspeed indicator on the crashed jet was damaged for its last four flights, but US authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.

Boeing said it is continuing to work with the Indonesian investigation.

The directive states that, if the "angle of attack" information received by the flight control system is too high, there is potential for repeated nose-down commands because the system believes the aircraft is going to go into an aerodynamic stall.

Batik Air passenger Romidi Karnawan told CNN Indonesia that his flight to Jakarta, which was scheduled to take off at around 6pm, was delayed for about an hour. One of the critical ways a plane determines if a stall is imminent is the angle of attack measurement. Boeing didn't recommend new inspections or other action for operators.

Airline safety experts said pilots are trained to handle a plane safely even if those crucial sensors fail. The committee said the pilots were dealing with an erroneous airspeed indication.

Boeing has issued a bulletin to companies that operate its 737 Max planes a week after one crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea and left 189 people dead.

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An angle of attack sensor had been changed by mechanics on the ground in Bali the day before the crash, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has said.

On Tuesday, Boeing issued a safety bulletin for airlines operating its new 737 Max airliner in the wake of the crash.

The plane is the latest generation of Boeing's workhorse narrowbody aircraft, with more than 200 delivered since it entered service past year and a total of 4,700 orders placed by airlines around the world. The single-aisle family is Boeing's biggest source of profit.

A Boeing spokesman said an investigation into the deadly crash revealed the faulty sensor. But the urgency of a fatal accident can trigger a flurry of such notices. Honeywell International Inc. provides the air data inertial reference unit.

Aviation regulators such as the U.S. FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency often follow such actions by mandating that carriers follow the bulletins. As pilots worked to correct it, it would let them-briefly interrupting the autopilot's control-but then continue attempting to pitch the airplane downward.

The FAA said the order is effective immediately and covers 45 aircraft in the United States operated by carriers including Southwest Air Co, United Airlines and American Airlines Group Inc and addresses erroneous angle of attack inputs.



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