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Published on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Indonesia orders checks on all older Boeing 737 jets

Indonesia's transport ministry has ordered all airlines to carry out inspections of all older Boeing 737 aircraft following last week's Sriwijaya Air plane crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown but checks on related aircraft is routine policy after a fatal crash.

"This is a preventive action on similar types of aircraft that operate in Indonesia. It is a common practice in other countries, a ministry spokesperson told Reuters.

It covers all operational Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 jets.

They are operated mostly by smaller regional airlines such as Nam Air, Deraya Air Taxi, Xpress Air, Jayawijaya Dirgantara, and Trigana Air, as well as the larger Citilink, which is a low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia.

Sriwijaya Flight 182 crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after take-off from Jakarta last Saturday.

The plane was travelling to Pontianak, Kalimantan.

Boeing technicians and a team from the US National Transportation Safety Board are assisting Indonesian authorities with the crash investigation.

A preliminary report is expected next month.


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Editor

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