Indonesia Transportation Ministry officially announced it will temporarily ground Boeing 737-8 MAX following Ethiopian Airlines deadly crash that killed all 157 people on board on Sunday. The ministry will start to inspect all planes with the same model tomorrow and will temporarily ground them should any problem appears.
“We will inspect the planes by temporarily ground them, to make sure all planes with the same model are airworthy,” says Air Transportation Director General Polana B Pramesti in a statement on Monday.
The ministry said they had received a direct statement from the plane manufacturer Boeing Co, saying that they will keep the ministry updated about the investigation on Ethiopian Airlines crash. Polana also said her team continues to communicate with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to guarantee all Boeing 737-8 MAX planes operating in Indonesia are airworthy. There are 11 planes with the same model that operate in the country, 10 goes to PT Lion Air while another one is operated by PT Garuda Indonesia.
National flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia stated it had followed the ministry instruction to ground the plane starting from Monday until further notice. Meanwhile privately owned airlines Lion Air “will provide information once any update is available,” says Lion Air Group’s corporate communications strategic officer Danang Mandala Prihantono.
Ethiopian Airlines crash is the second deadly plane accident involving Boeing 737-8 MAX within five months. Previously in late October last year, the same plane model operated by Lion Air crashed shortly after take-off and killed all 189 passengers on board.