Instructions to pilots after Lion Air crash

Instructions to pilots after Lion Air crash

Agency News

New Delhi, Dec 6: After the crash of a plane of Lion Air in Indonesia recently, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reviewed the technicalities of Max Planes and issued new guidelines.

An aircraft of the Lion Air Boeing B737 Max crashed on December 3 claiming lives of all 189 passengers, including pilots.

In the investigation report, the matter of special type of defect Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) came to light in which the aircraft's auto-control lowered the next part of the plane downwards and took the aircraft straight towards the ground.

The report revealed that the pilot had tried very hard to raise the aircraft, but auto control became active again and again.

In India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have Max aircraft.

The DGCA said on Thursday that Operator should issue instructions to crew to divert to nearest suitable airport in the event of MCAS defect in flight.

A review meeting was held in DGCA on December 3 with the SpiceJet and Jet airways operations and engineering team.

''Even though Indian operators have not experienced such major concern with their MAX aircraft, few decisions were taken as interim precautionary safety measures till such time Boeing issues more detailed information or clarification.

''Train pilots on simulator to an exercise which replicates the Lion air crash scenario to the nearest possible extent.

''Detailed technical information to crew on the MCAS and on reporting the defect,'' according to a statement issued here.

Verification flight should be done after rectification before undertaking any commercial flight if the aircraft had any MCAS related snag in flight, the instructions outlined. (UNI)