Parked on the Apron Until Further Notice
Indonesian Aviation Authorities Ground All Boeing 737-MAX 8 Fleet of Aircraft
The Indonesian Government via the Minister of Transportation has, until further notice, banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from operating over Indonesian airspace.
The decision taken in Jakarta on Monday, March 11, 2019, comes 24 hours after the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines that claimed the lives of 157 passengers and crew.
Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft flown by Lion Air went down mid-flight on October 29, 2018, killing 189 passengers and crew.
In Indonesia there are 10 Boeing 737-Max 8s flying in Indonesia. 9 operated by the Lion Air Group and 1 flown by Garuda Indonesia.
The director-general of civil aviation for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Pola B. Pramesti said on Monday, March 11, 2019: “Among the steps to be taken by the Director-General of Civil Aviation will be to temporarily ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and undertake thorough inspections to ensure these airplanes are air worthy. This step has been endorsed by the Minister of Transportation.”
The decision to ground the Boeing 737 mirrors similar groundings undertaken by Chinese and Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authorities.