TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia immediately held additional inspections of its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet following the unfortunate crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that utilized the same type of Boeing plane.
Garuda Indonesia president director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra announced the thorough inspection involved the plane’s airspeed and altitude systems, flight control, and stall management features that were believed to be faulty in last year’s Lion Air flight JT 610 crash involving the same type of aircraft.
“The results were positive with no fault found,” he said on Sunday, March 10. “We continue to conduct extra inspections of several systems that are suspected to be the main cause of the accident [involving the Ethiopian Airlines airplane].”
Garuda Indonesia also coordinated with the Transportation Ministry’s aircraft operational airworthiness directorate general (DKUPPU) for further preventive measures.
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed at around 08:44 local time. The accident claimed the lives of 149 passengers and 8 crew members onboard the plane, with one of them being an Indonesian national.