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Jakarta Post

Indonesia offers help with ET302 crash investigation

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 12, 2019   /   11:50 am
Indonesia offers help with ET302 crash investigation After the crash: People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 plane crash near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri )

The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) says it is ready to provide assistance with the accident investigation into Ethiopian Airlines ET302, which crashed minutes after taking off in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday.

The plane, a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 en route to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed about six minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. local time. The accident claimed the lives of all people on board: 149 passengers and eight crew members.

“We would like to offer help [with the investigation], but only if the Ethiopian investigators really need or ask for it,” KNKT chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono told The Jakarta Post on Monday evening.

The committee has been handling a similar investigation into an accident involving the same type of aircraft belonging to an Indonesian carrier, Lion Air, that crashed into the Java Sea in October. Flight JT610 crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on a flight to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung Islands. All people on board the plane -- eight crew members and 181 passengers, including three minors -- were killed.

Agence France-Presse reported that a committee comprising Ethiopian Airlines, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the Ethiopian Transport Authority was set up to begin the investigation into the Ethiopian crash, in which American experts are to also take part.

The Ethiopian national flag carrier announced in an official statement on Monday that the downed aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight data recorder had both been recovered from the crash site.

Indonesia aims to complete the investigation into the JT610 crash in August.