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Safety should be first consideration, Jokowi says about grounding

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 13, 2019   /   05:23 pm
Safety should be first consideration, Jokowi says about grounding President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo surprised passengers of Jakarta's commuter line by boarding one of the trains during rush hour on March 6. (Twitter.com/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is stressing that the decision to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft was made because the government regarded the safety of passengers as its first consideration.

“The most important thing is the safety and security of passengers. It should be our first consideration,” Jokowi said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Previously, the government, through the Air Transportation Directorate General, had decided to temporarily ground 11 373 Max 8 airplanes, 10 of which are owned by the Lion Air Group and one by flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

Indonesia is one of several countries that grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following an Ethiopian Airlines crash in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Other countries include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Oman, Mexico, Ethiopia and Argentina.

Sunday’s crash was the second accident involving the aircraft recently. In October last year Indonesia lost a Boeing Max 8 when Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea. (bbn)