DGCA wants Boe­ing MAX pi­lots trained

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PI­LOTS fly­ing Boe­ing Co’s 737 MAX jets in In­dia should be trained on a sim­u­la­tor that repli­cates the sus­pected sce­nario that led to the Lion Air crash, In­dia’s avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

An In­done­sian Lion Air 737 MAX pas­sen­ger jet fly­ing to Jakarta from Bali crashed on Oct. 29, killing all 189 peo­ple on board.

Step comes in wake of plane crash in In­done­sia

While the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) rec­om­mended more train­ing, it said Jet Air­ways Ltd and SpiceJet Ltd, which op­er­ate 737 MAX jets in In­dia, have not had problems with the air­craft.

“Even though In­dian op­er­a­tors have not ex­pe­ri­enced such ma­jor con­cern ... fol­low­ing de­ci­sions were taken as in­terim pre­cau­tion­ary safety mea­sures till such time Boe­ing is­sues more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion or clar­i­fi­ca­tion,” the DGCA said.

An in­terim In­done­sian re­port did not give a cause for the crash but fo­cused on air­line main­te­nance and train­ing and the re­sponse of a Boe­ing anti-stall sys­tem to a re­cently re­placed sen­sor.

Lion Air pi­lots fly­ing the same plane on its penul­ti­mate flight a day ear­lier had ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar prob­lem. Reuters

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