THE search for the main wreckage of the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea north of Java Island (爪哇島) continues after seven days in an attempt to unravel the mystery of why the disaster occurred.
The National Transport Safety Committee is currently retrieving data from one of the plane’s ‘black box’ flight recorders, recovered on 1 November. There were no survivors from the crash.
Lion Air flight JT610, which had 189 people on board, lost contact 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta (雅加達). Aviation tracking website Flightradar24 said the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane had only been in use for two months. It said the plane had been delivered to the airline in August.
Vessels searching the waters for wreckage have found various debris. The plane sank in waters about 15 kilometres north of the coast of Java island.
The plane had a technical issue that required it to be briefly grounded for repairs, the carrier’s chief executive, Edward Sirait, said.
The crash has placed Indonesia’s aviation industry under the microscope. It is “symptomatic of the overall concern that the aviation industry has with Indonesia’s air-safety record,” said Shukor Yusof of Malaysiabased aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.
Indonesia “needs a lot of assistance from aviation specialists and experts,” he said, adding, “the country appears unable to resolve this problem on its own.”
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 06 November 2018)
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