Objects found during the search for Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesia authorities plan to launch a special investigation into Lion Air’s operations after its flight JT610 crashed last week, killing all 189 people onboard, a government official said on November 5. Talking with the press, Minister of Transport Budi Karya Sumadi said authorities will conduct a special audit of the crews’ qualifications and staff communication. This is a preventative measure and the accident is a very expensive lesson, he said. Civil aviation authorities in the US and Europe were also being consulted for their help in the probe, he added. The ministry had previously removed several Lion Air executives and technicians, saying they were needed to help authorities in the investigation. The budget carrier has been a regular target of complaints about poor service, unreliable scheduling and safety issues, including a fatal 2004 crash. The Lion Air investigation comes after the Indonesian government ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the country. A week after the disaster, there is still no answer as to what caused the accident. Meanwhile, authorities have extended their search as they collect… Read full this story
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