In­done­sia finds faults in two other jets

Viet Nam News - - ASIA -

JAKARTA — In­done­sia’s trans­port min­istry said yes­ter­day it had found "mi­nor" faults in two other Boe­ing 737MAX 8 jets, in­clud­ing a cock­pit in­di­ca­tor dis­play prob­lem which an an­a­lyst said may be sim­i­lar to one re­ported in the crashed Lion Air Jet.

The min­istry is in­spect­ing 10 of the newly re­leased jets owned by Lion and flag­ship car­rier Garuda, as au­thor­i­ties an­a­lyse data from a re­cov­ered black box that may help ex­plain why flight JT 610 plum­meted into the Java Sea, killing 189 peo­ple on Mon­day.

Few de­tails were re­leased, but the min­istry said it had looked over half a dozen jets so far and dis­cov­ered that one had a prob­lem linked to its cock­pit dis­play while an­other had a gl­itch in a jet sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem.

Both Lion-owned planes re­quired new com­po­nents, it said.

Avi­a­tion an­a­lyst Dudi Sudibyo said the cock­pit dis­play is­sue could in­clude a speed-and-al­ti­tude gl­itch re­ported in the doomed jet.

“They can be mi­nor is­sues but they have to be fixed,” he added.

“With air­planes, even if there is a sin­gle, tiny fault it should not fly.”

The in­spec­tion comes as ques­tions swirl about why a plane that had gone into ser­vice just months ago crashed into the sea min­utes af­ter take­off.

The sin­gle-aisle jet, en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pi­nang city, is one of the world’s new­est and most ad­vanced com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger planes.

Bud­get car­rier Lion Air’s ad­mis­sion that the doomed jet had a tech­ni­cal is­sue on a pre­vi­ous flight - as well its abrupt fa­tal dive - have raised ques­tions about whether it had me­chan­i­cal faults spe­cific to the new model.

In­done­sia’s Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee said it was in­ter­view­ing peo­ple who flew on the plane the day be­fore the fa­tal crash.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, seats, wheels and other parts of the crashed jet were hauled from the depths off In­done­sia’s north coast as search teams scoured the seabed for the fuse­lage.

Divers were search­ing a rel­a­tively shal­low area about 25-35 me­tres deep, but have been find­ing fewer body parts than ear­lier in the week, he added. — AFP

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