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Indonesia remains cautious on Boeing 737 Max

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 21, 2020   /  08:02 am
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A Boeing 737 Max 8 owned by Lion Air takes off in this undated handout photo.(Courtesy of Lion Air/-)

The Transportation Ministry will conduct independent inspections regarding the Boeing 737 MAX series before allowing Indonesian airlines to fly the aircraft, despite clearance given by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The ministry’s air transportation director general, Novie Riyanto, said on Thursday the government would not immediately provide clearance for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to Indonesian skies and instead would follow existing re-certification procedures to study the aircraft’s safety. “We will not automatically allow the aircraft to fly just because the FAA says so. There are certain processes that we need to do to ensure the aircraft’s safety,” he said in an online press conference. “In addition to coordinating with the FAA, we also have been in close contact with other ASEAN countries as fellow Bo...