Indonesian investigators on Wednesday said the sensor was replaced on the Lion Air plane the day before its fatal flight and may have compounded other problems with the aircraft.
False readings from the sensor can cause the aircraft to pitch downward in an attempt to avoid a stall when the plane is not being flown on autopilot.
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The directive gives regulatory weight to Boeing's safety bulletin that it sent to operators of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes based on findings from the ongoing Indonesian investigation into the October 29 crash of a Lion Air jet.
Such an issue arose in 2016 at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia when a FlyDubai 737-800 nosed over and slammed into the runway at a steep angle, according to an interim report by Russian investigators.
Boeing's advisory said the plane experienced "erroneous input from one of its [angle of attack] sensors".
On Monday Nov. 5, CNN published an update on the crash investigation from Capt. Nurcahyo Utomo of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) noting that the FDR review also concluded that the aircraft's airspeed indicator had been malfunctioning on four consecutive flights prior to the crash. If the problem isn't fixed, it can cause planes to simply fall out of the sky.
CBS News reported on Wednesday that Boeing's 737 Max 8 planes are used across the USA, including by Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines.More news: Democrats to take control of the US House
In the United States, Southwest Airlines now has 26 737 MAX planes in operation; American Airlines has 16.
Bloomberg says the plane's velocity was uncharacteristically high, possibly touching speeds of 600 miles an hour as it hit the water. A misreading in the sensor can cause a plane to dive suddenly. About 15 minutes into the flight, which took off from Jakarta, the plane plunged into the sea.
Lion's earlier admission that the jet had a technical issue - and the captain's request to turn back to the airport minutes before the crash - have raised questions about whether it had faults specific to one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes. The data from the flight recorder and Boeing's statement have provided the first clues, but rescuers are still searching for the device that records voices in the plane's cockpit.
Indonesia's search and rescue agency extended the search effort on Wednesday for a second time, saying it would continue until Sunday.More news: Sri Lanka president prolongs political standoff