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Indonesia to Let Boeing 737 Max Fly again after 2018 Crash


Jakarta, 29 Dec (ONA) — Indonesia said today it is lifting its ban on Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, three years after one crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff killing all 189 people on board.


The Transportation Ministry said in a statement that the aircraft will be permitted to fly in Indonesia, but only after airlines carry out airworthiness directives.


The ministry will also conduct inspections before the aircraft are allowed to operate in the country.


Governments grounded the Boeing 737 Max after a total of 346 people were killed in the crashes of the Lion Air flight in Indonesia on 29 October 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines flight on 10 March 2019.


Investigators blamed a computer system that pushed the plane’s nose downward in flight and couldn’t be overridden by pilots. Boeing has carried out technical upgrades to fix such problems.


Earlier this month, China became the last major market to approve the Boeing 737 Max after the United States allowed flights to resume in December 2020. European Union regulators gave permission in January. Brazil and Canada also have given approval, the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

— Ends/KH


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