DGCA wants Boeing MAX pilots trained
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