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“I would def­i­nitely be look­ing at the man­ma­chine in­ter­face and how pi­lots re­spond,” said Cox, a for­mer air­line pi­lot who flew ear­lier ver­sions of the 737 and spe­cial­ized at the NTSB in cock­pit ac­tions.

The Boe­ing di­rec­tive didn’t call for op­er­a­tors to carry out new in­spec­tions or take other ac­tion. It stressed that pi­lots should fol­low pro­ce­dures in the flight man­ual when en­coun­ter­ing er­ro­neous data. Boe­ing has de­liv­ered 219 Max planes — the lat­est and most ad­vanced 737 jets — since the mod­els made their com­mer­cial de­but last year with a Lion Air sub­sidiary.

Amer­i­can avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tors fol­lowed by is­su­ing an emer­gency or­der Wed­nes­day re­quir­ing that air­lines fol­low Boe­ing’s in­struc­tions and add in­for­ma­tion to pi­lot man­u­als show­ing how to di­ag­nose the prob­lem and re­spond.

Car­ri­ers will have three days to up­date their man­u­als un­der the or­der, is­sued by the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The FAA said the prob­lem “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.”

Boe­ing, which is head­quar­tered in Chicago, said it is co­op­er­at­ing fully and pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.


In­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing into the crash of a Lion Air 737 want to know what ac­tions pi­lots took to coun­ter­act a dive.

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