Tuesday , September 27 2022

DGCA asks Jet Air, SpiceJet to take action on sensor problems with Boeing 737 MAKS


NEW DELHI: The Aviation Regulators DGCA has asked Jet Airvais and SpiceJet to take corrective measures to solve any problems with their Boeing 737 MAKS aircraft that could lead to a "significant loss of aircraft height", a senior official said on Thursday.

The latest directive follows the recommendations of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing on aircraft B 737 MAKS after the fall of the Lion Air aircraft in Indonesia last month.

Currently, Jet Airvais and SpiceJet fly to Boeing 737 MAKS planes in India. Together, there are at least six such aircraft with two carriers.

"Both documents point to the wrong" high angle "(AOA) sensor input and corrective action for the same thing as the potential for repeating horizontal stabilization commands down below," said senior civil aviation director general (DGCA).


The official said that unless a condition is adopted, it could lead to problems in the control of the aircraft.

The situation can lead to "excessive nose, significant loss of height and possible impact on the site," the official said.

Based on an initial investigation of the Lion Air aircraft accident, the FAA issued the Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) on November 7th. On November 6, Boeing published a newsletter on the issue.

A DGCA official said that, within three days of the FAA AD's admission, modifications to the flight manual for airplanes must be made, for procedures to be followed by flight crews.

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

Awaiting comments from Jet Airways and SpiceJet.

On November 6, Boing announced that it had issued an Operational Handbook Bulletin (OMB) that manages operators for existing flight crew procedures to deal with circumstances where AOA sensor input is wrong.

The Minister of Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, said on October 30 that DGCA was asked to look at engines and other issues related to the airline after the fall of the aircraft in Indonesia.

DGCA reviewed the performance of the Boeing 737 MAKS 8 aircraft operated by Jet Airvais and SpiceJet. The review came a day after the Boeing 737 MAKS 8, which was run by Lion Air, broke into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta. There were more than 180 people on board.

The guard also sought details of the fall of the aircraft from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Authoriti (US) Federal Regulator (FAA).

In September, the minister instructed official officials to prepare a comprehensive safety audit plan, which included an assessment of the safety parameters of all planned airline companies, airports, flying schools and maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations.

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