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Airline pilots on at least two U.S. flown Boeing 737 Max 8 planes had reported that the automated system caused the aircraft's nose to tilt down sharply and suddenly after take-off.
The pilots said they were able to recover quickly following the aggressive dive - descending as fast as 1,500 feet per minute - by disconnecting the autopilot.
Tilting - Problem - Anti-stall - System - Indonesia
However, the tilting problem did not appear related to the new automatic anti-stall system that's suspected of contributing to the deadly Indonesia crash on that aircraft model in October.
The pilot reports were filed last year in a data base compiled by NASA. They are voluntary safety reports and do not publicly reveal the names of pilots, the airlines or the location of the incidents.
Boeing - Max - Jet - Center - Ban
The Boeing Max 8 jet is now at the center of a growing global ban after more than 40 countries grounded the model following the second fatal crash in five months.
On Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 crashed shortly after take-off killing all 157 on board. Five months earlier a Lion Air plane of the same model came down in Indonesia, claiming 189 lives.
Wednesday - Afternoon - Trump - Outcry - Model
On Wednesday afternoon Trump joined the outcry, grounding all of the model Max 8 and Max 9 planes 'effective immediately'.
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines operate the 737 Max 8, and United Airlines flies a slightly larger version, the Max 9. All three carriers vouched for the safety of Max aircraft on Wednesday before Trump's ban.
Plane - Reports - Actions - FAA - Pilots
It's unclear whether the two plane tilting reports led to any actions by the FAA or the pilots' airlines.
In one report, an airline captain said that immediately after putting the plane on autopilot, the co-pilot called out 'Descending,' followed by an audio cockpit warning, 'Don't sink, don't sink!'
Captain - Autopilot
The captain immediately disconnected the autopilot and resumed...
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