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Indonesia investigators to help probe Ethiopian Airlines crash

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 29, 2019   /   12:05 pm
Indonesia investigators to help probe Ethiopian Airlines crash American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, on March 10. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Indonesia will send two investigators to join an investigating team probing the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, earlier this month.

The Transportation Ministry’s airplane airworthy and operations director general, Avirianto, said the two investigators were from the airplane airworthy and operation directorate general and the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).

Avirianto added that his office would send inspector Totok who had an airplane investigation background and experience in investigating plane crashes.

The Boeing 7373 Max 8 crashed in Addis Ababa, six minutes after taking off, killing all 157 passengers and crew members on board. The accident is believed to be similar to the one involving a Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea in October.

Ethiopian Airlines is welcoming experts from Indonesia because the country has experience in conducting investigations involving the Boeing 737 Max 8. In addition, an Indonesian was on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Avirianto, as quoted by tempo.co.id, said the Indonesian investigators would focus on whether there were similar factors that triggered the deadly crashes.

He said if this was the case, then the team would issue a recommendation to the Boeing Company the aircraft’s manufacturer. (bbn)