By Andy Pasztor
U.S. air-safety regulators have mandated changes in cockpit procedures to combat potentially dangerous malfunctions of automated landing systems on all Boeing Co. 787 jetliners.
The directive is slated to become effective in two weeks and calls for pilots to intervene and abandon landing approaches if automation on board fails to properly align aircraft with navigation aids on the ground.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, without such manual commands aircraft could descend on incorrect paths without clear-cut cockpit warnings.
In issuing the mandate, the FAA acted without first seeking public comment because of the serious safety implications. The order applies to more than 140 jets registered in the U.S., and eventually is expected to cover hundreds of additional planes globally.
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