Thursday, December 06, 2018

Lion Air crash: Land at nearest airport in case of issues with Boeing 737 MAX’s MCAS, DGCA says in advisory

New Delhi: In the wake of Lion Air's Boeing 737 MAX crash shortly after take-off on October 29, India's aviation regulator has issued advisories to private air carriers Jet Airways and SpiceJet. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has told the two airlines to land Boeing 737 MAX planes at nearest airports if the aircraft encounter any problem with their on-board MCAS or manoeuvring characteristics augmentation system.

The Indonesian budget carrier's Boeing 737 MAX had crashed into ocean shortly after take-off from capital Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board. Investigators looking into the Indonesian plane crash have stated that MCAS found no mention in flight manual of Lion Air.

MCAS, a software, is aimed to help the pilots prevent the plane from stalling mid-air; however, there have been concerns regarding lack of awareness about the same.

In India, 10 Boeing 737 MAX are in operation. Five of them are operated by Jet Airways while the rest are operated by SpiceJet.

DGCA said it is keeping a close watch on a daily basis on the performance of Boeing 737 MAX in view of the crash of a same plane in Indonesia in October.

The aviation regulator has also asked the two airlines to immediately report any "abnormal" issues faced by the plane with regard to MCAS.