“The existing FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) identifies existing flight crew procedures to be used in those circumstances,” reads a statement from administration officials. “The FAA and Boeing continue to evaluate the need for software and/or other design changes to the aircraft including operating procedures and training as we learn more from the ongoing investigation. The FAA is not doing a safety probe separate from the ongoing Lion Air Accident investigation of which we, the NTSB and Indonesian officials are a part.”
Both Boeing and the FAA issued a safety alert last week telling flight crews about the system and how to handle malfunctions.
“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 in a statement provided to Fox Business.
Boeing has said it is fully cooperating with any reviews and conducting its own investigation of the Lion Air crash.
“We have been very engaged with the investigative authorities throughout in providing all of the information necessary to make sure we do a full assessment of the situation,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. “The bottom line here is the 737 MAX is safe and safety is a core value for us.”
According to Muilenburg, the company spends “thousands of hours of testing and evaluating and simulating” to give pilots the information they need to operate airplanes safely and he reiterated that the equipment operates correctly.
The brand new Boeing MAX 8 jet involved in the crash was cleared to fly despite days of inaccurate speed readings. About 15 minutes into the flight, which took off from Jakarta, the plane plunged into the sea.
There are more than 200 Boeing MAX jets around the world, with orders for more than 4,700, according to Boeing’s website. U.S. carriers, aside from Southwest, set to use the MAX jets include American and United Airlines.
Fox Business Network’s Julia Limitone and Brittany De Lea contributed reporting to this story.
Perry Chiaramonte is a producer with Fox News Channel’s Investigative Unit. Follow him on Twitter at @perrych