Boeing safety check directive to Jet Airways and SpiceJet

The order comes in the wake of the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX plane in Indonesia last month

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 8.11.18, 2:11 PM
  • Updated 8.11.18, 2:11 PM
  • a min read
Jet Airways and SpiceJet fly Boeing 737 MAX planes in India. The Telegraph file picture

Aviation regulator DGCA has asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to take corrective action to address possible issues with their Boeing 737 MAX planes that could lead to “significant altitude loss” of the aircraft, a senior official said Thursday.

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

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

“Both the documents address 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 stabiliser,” a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official told PTI.

The official 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.