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DGCA asks Jet Airways, SpiceJet to take action on sensor-related issues with Boeing 737 MAX planes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator DGCA has asked and to take corrective action to address possible issues with their 737 MAX planes that could lead to "significant altitude loss" of the aircraft, a senior said Thursday.

The latest directive follows advisories issued by the US watchdog Federal Administration (FAA) and after the crash of a 737 MAX plane operated by Indonesia's last month.

Currently, and fly MAX planes in Together, there are at least six such with the two carriers.

"Both the documents address erroneous high 'angle of attack' (AOA) sensor input and corrective action for the same as it has potential for repeated nose-down trim commands of horizontal stabiliser," a of Civil (DGCA) told

The said if the condition is not addressed, it could cause the flight crew to have difficulty in controlling the airplane.

The condition can even lead to "excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain," the official noted.

Based on initial investigation of accident, the FAA issued emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on November 7. Boeing released a bulletin about the issue on November 6.

The said that within three days after receipt of FAA AD, changes to airplane flight manual have to be done, for procedures which have to be followed by flight crew.

"The DGCA has ensured that all Indian operators are aware of the and have taken appropriate corrective action," he added.

Jet Airways, which has at least five MAX planes in its fleet, said these planes continue to fly in compliance with the AD issued by the manufacturer and the regulatory authorities.

"The is in contact with them and committed to implement all directives or advisories that may be published by either the manufacturer or DGCA as the safety of guests and crew is of paramount importance at Jet Airways," an spokesperson said.

Comments from was awaited. Together, the two airlines have placed orders for more than 400 MAX

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

On October 30, Civil Aviation said the DGCA had been asked to look at engines and other issues related to airlines following the plane crash in

The DGCA had reviewed the performance of MAX 8 planes operated by and SpiceJet. The review came a day after a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from There were more than 180 people on board.

The watchdog had also sought details about the plane crash from Boeing and FAA.

In September, the directed officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive safety audit plan, which involves assessment of safety parameters of all scheduled airlines, aerodromes, flying training schools and maintenance, repair and overhaul organisations (MROs).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:20 IST
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