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FAA issues airworthiness directive after Indonesia plane crash

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The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 after one crashed in Indonesia last month killing all 189 people on board, AL Jazeera reports.

The directive focuses on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators believe malfunctioned on the Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta on October 29.

FAA directives are usually followed by other airline regulators internationally.

The FAA said erroneous data from the "angle of attack" sensor, which helps prevent the plane from stalling and diving, could cause flight crew to have difficulty controlling the plane and lead to "excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with the terrain".

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