Boeing, the American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells airplanes, has been experiencing severe turbulence in Indonesia ever since Lion Air flight JT-610 dove into the sea on 29 October 2018 shortly after take-off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board (including crew).
What made this fatal crash particularly remarkable was that it involved a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Indonesia’s biggest low-budget airline, Lion Mentari Airlines (Lion Air), had only been operating this ill-fated airplane since mid-August 2018.
While the investigation into Lion Air flight JT-610 is still ongoing, preliminary findings that were reported by the Air Accident Subcommittee of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee suggest that incorrect sensor readings caused the Boeing 737 MAX’s new anti-stall system to kick in, something the pilots were not prepared for.
It remains unclear who is to blame for this sad tragedy. Is it Boeing for withholding crucial safety information on its new 737 MAX 8 models? Is it Lion Air for failing to resolve the incorrect sensor readings that had already caused trouble on at least one earlier flight? And did Lion Air also fail to communicate these issues to the pilots of the final flight? Or, are both Boeing and Lion Air responsible?
But before any definite answers could be given, a new tragedy happened; one that showed many similarities to Lion Air flight JT-610.
This article discusses the following:
• Similarities between fatal Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air flight JT-610
• How the world, Boeing and airlines in Indonesia reacted to the latest crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 model
• Safety issues in Indonesian aviation
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