U.S. issues directive after Boeing alerts pilots following Indonesia crash

Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash

"There are some things that we ask for explanation and some that we ask to be removed, and there has been an agreement between the NTSC and Boeing to release a new procedure to all Boeing 737 MAX users in the world", he said.

"This condition, if not addressed, could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane, and lead to excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain", the directive states.

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.

Representatives of 737 MAX operators, Singapore Airlines Ltd SIAL.SI offshoot SilkAir, Garuda Indonesia GIAA.JK and Canada's WestJet Ltd WJA.TO , said they had not yet received a bulletin from Boeing.

"The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (angle of attack) sensors", Boeing said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

The Boeing 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in company history.

But a Boeing statement said a safety bulletin, sent to airlines on November 6, directs flight crews to existing guidelines on how they should respond to erroneous "angle of attack" data. Boeing did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment. One of the pilots had trimmed the plane to push the nose down while trying to climb after aborting a landing, the report said.

The angle of attack readings are fed into a computer that in some cases will attempt to push down the nose using the elevator trim system.

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Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on October 29, minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all the 189 on board.

The 787 Max 8 is the second Boeing aircraft to experience serious technical problems soon after its introduction, leading some analysts to question whether Boeing may have overlooked quality concerns as it strives to meet rising global demand.

The FAA grounded Boeing's entire 787 fleet in 2013 after lithium-ion batteries overheated and caught fire.

The Seattle Times reported in August that Boeing's Renton factory has struggled to meet its production targets amid late deliveries from companies manufacturing its components. That recorder is expected to provide a clearer picture to investigators of the Lion Air flight's final moments.

Divers have recovered one of the two "black boxes" - the flight data recorder - but are still searching for the cockpit voice recorder, in the hope it will shed more light on the cause of the disaster. "What will have to be found is, is Boeing pushing itself too hard?"

The FAA says the AD is an interim action, and "if final action is later identified, we might consider further rulemaking then". "This bulletin reiterates existing, well-established procedures for 737 Max 8 pilots".

Some modern aircraft have systems created to correct the posture of the aircraft automatically to keep flying safely.

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