Faults in two more Lion jets
INDONESIA’S t ransport ministry has found faults in two other Boeing 737-MAX 8 jets, including a cockpit indicator display problem which an analyst warned may be similar to one reported in the crashed Lion Air Jet.
The ministry said it 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 JT610 plummeted into the Java Sea, killing 189 people on Monday.
Few details have been 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.
Indonesia’s Tempo news website published a minute-by-minute summary of what it said were conversations between air traffic control and the pilots, who reported a “flight control problem”.
It is understood Virgin Australia has 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on order, with the first due to arrive in November next year.