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US emergency directive after Boeing jet crash in Indonesia

November 07, 2018 - 9:18 pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators believe malfunctioned on a new Boeing MAX jet that plunged into the sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

The directive gives regulatory weight to a safety bulletin Boeing sent to operators of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes based on findings from the Indonesian investigation into the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet. FAA directives are usually followed internationally.

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The FAA said erroneous data from the "angle of attack" sensor, which helps prevent stalling and diving, could make controlling the plane difficult and lead to "excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with the terrain."

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