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US aviation regulator FAA asks Boeing to improve safety features, training requirements for 737 Max 8 planes

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The system automatically points the plane's nose down if sensors indicate the plane could be in danger of losing lift or stalling. Sensors on the plane operated by Indonesia's Lion Air gave out faulty readings on its last four flights.

US aviation regulator FAA asks Boeing to improve safety features, training requirements for 737 Max 8 planes
The Federal Aviation Administration says it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system that is suspected of contributing to a deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in October.
The FAA said on Monday that Boeing will also update training requirements and flight crew manuals related to the system.
The system automatically points the plane's nose down if sensors indicate the plane could be in danger of losing lift or stalling. Sensors on the plane operated by Indonesia's Lion Air gave out faulty readings on its last four flights.
On the fatal October flight, pilots apparently struggled in vain to fight against the automated nose-down commands.
The FAA tried to discourage comparisons between the Lion Air crash and Sunday's deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8. Both performed erratically shortly after takeoff, then went into nosedives. Weather did not appear to be a factor in either one.
"External reports are drawing similarities between (the Ethiopian) accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident," the FAA said. "However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions."