Lion Air Defends Unreported Tech Issue Prior to JT 610 Crash

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  • Founder of Lion Air Group Rusdi Kirana (R) and CEO of Lion Air Group Edward Sirait stand as they hear questions from families of passengers on the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 during a news conference about the recovery process at a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 5, 2018. At one stage during Monday's news conference, relatives urged Lion Air founder Rusdi Kirana, who was in the audience, to stand up. He stood up, but did not comment and clasped his hands together as if seeking forgiveness. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    Founder of Lion Air Group Rusdi Kirana (R) and CEO of Lion Air Group Edward Sirait stand as they hear questions from families of passengers on the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 during a news conference about the recovery process at a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 5, 2018. At one stage during Monday's news conference, relatives urged Lion Air founder Rusdi Kirana, who was in the audience, to stand up. He stood up, but did not comment and clasped his hands together as if seeking forgiveness. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Lion Air Operational Director Daniel Putu stated that the carrier is not obliged to report the damage of JT 610 aircraft to the Transportation Ministry since the damages were fixed. 

    “We fixed the technical problems and it was in good condition to fly, we did not need to report it to the Ministry,” said Daniel Putu.

    The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) revealed that prior to the demise of Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 at the Tanjung Karawang sea, the aircraft experienced technical issues in its airspeed instrument throughout four flights. This revelation was based on the aircraft unit’s recovered flight data recorder (FDR). 

    This issue was not reported by Lion Air management to the Transportation Ministry’s air transportation directorate general and it was confirmed by the ministry’s official, Avirianto to Tempo on Tuesday, November 6.

    Despite a revised regulation, Avirianto said that carriers still need to report any issues that hampers any flights such as the one experienced by the ill-fated Lion Air JT 610. “Any serious issues experienced by an aircraft must be grounded, the [carrier’s] inspector should have reported it to the Ministry,” said Avirianto.

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