Indonesian Airliner Crash Stirs Up Past Concerns in Aviation Industry


November 07, 2018

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – October 29, 2018 (wsbradio.com) The October 29 crash of an Indonesian airliner into the Java Sea has stirred up past concerns in the aviation industry about flights from the country. The story is reported online at wsbradio.com.*

Lion Air Flight JT610 was bound for Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, and departed from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time. The 737 MAX 8 airplane was carrying 189 people. Not long after takeoff, the flight crew on the plane asked for permission to return to the airport. Permission was granted, but before the plane could return, it dropped altitude and disappeared from radar.

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation confirmed it found wreckage from the plane in the Java Sea. One child, two infants, and 174 adult passengers were aboard the plane, as well as six aircraft crew, three crew members in training, one technician, and two pilots. 

Search and rescue crews have so far recovered pieces of the plane and passengers’ belongings. They are continuing to search for the plane’s fuselage and “black box.” Crews have also recovered human remains and do not anticipate they will find any survivors. 

It is not yet clear what caused the crash, but the incident is renewing concerns regarding Indonesian aircraft inside the aviation industry. Because of a series of accidents, the United States and the European Union banned Indonesian airliners in 2007 from flying into and out of their regions. The bans held in the United States until August 2016 and in Europe until June 2018. 

Following the October 29 crash, the European Commission said it had no immediate plans of reinstating the ban, but the crash has unquestionably stirred up uneasiness. Australia’s government, for example, has placed a prohibition on Indonesian flights until the crash investigation is complete. 

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