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Pilots have reported issues in U.S. with new Boeing jet

Last Updated Mar 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm MDT

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 being built for Oman Air sits parked at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Airlines in several countries grounded the same model jetliner Monday following Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

CHICAGO – Airline pilots on at least two flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their Boeing planes to tilt down suddenly, the same problem suspected of contributing to a deadly crash in Indonesia.

The pilots say that soon after engaging the autopilot on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, the nose tilted down sharply. In both cases, they recovered quickly after disconnecting the autopilot.

That is the plane at the centre of a growing global ban by more than 40 countries following a second fatal crash in Ethiopia in less than five months. In the U.S., however, the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines continued to permit the planes to fly.

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, which operate versions of the 737 Max, vouched for the safety of the Max aircraft.

David Koenig, The Associated Press