The Jakarta Post
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Monday that relevant officials in the government would meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation regarding the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, following the crash of one of the planes operated by Ethiopian Airlines.
“Tomorrow, I have a meeting on this issue,” said Luhut during a press conference on the launch of the National Action on Plastic Partnership (NPAP) as reported by Antara.
Luhut said representatives of various parties would be invited during the meeting, including representatives of airlines, which operate Boeing 737-8 Max planes. He would not make any forecast about the result of the meeting as it depended on the reports.
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday in Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. The same type of aircraft operated by Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air also crashed in October, last year.
Some Indonesian airlines still operate 737 MAX series aircraft, including Lion Air, which currently operates 10 MAX 8 and two MAX 9 airplanes, as well as flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, which operates one plane.
Previously, the Transportation Ministry Air Transportation Directorate General said it would improve supervision of the aircraft’s operation by airlines in the country.
“We have continuously made improvements starting from the operational procedures, additional training and conducting a follow up to the airworthiness directives introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA],” said Air Transportation Director General Polana B Pramesti in Jakarta on Monday.
He added that his office also cooperated with the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), Boeing, the FAA and other organizations to evaluate the two accidents involving the 737-8 Max planes. (bbn)