Aerospace and defense giant Boeing issued a safety warning to people operating its 737 Max 8 jet, the company confirmed in a statement to FOX Business.
On Tuesday, in the wake of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia – where 189 people were killed – the plane maker sent a bulletin that warns incorrect readings from a flight-monitoring system can result in the jets abruptly diving.
“On November 6, 2018, Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an [angle of attack] sensor,” a spokesperson for the company said.
When the angle of attack sensors – which detect how wind is meeting the wing – perceive incorrect readings the plane may think it is experiencing an aerodynamic stall, causing it to dive.
The issue was discovered through the investigation into the Lion Air crash. Boeing said Lion Air Flight 610 experienced “erroneous input” from one of the sensors in question.
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SOURCE: Fox Business, Brittany De Lea