TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Transportation Ministry conducted inspections of all Boeing 737-300/400/500 Classic series following the crash jet of Sriwijaya Air SJ182. The Air Transport Director-General Novie Riyanto explained it was aimed at ensuring no manufacturing mistakes as occurred in the crash of Lion Air JT 610 involving Boeing 737 Max.
Novie added that the inspection was a procedural and preventive action to prevent the recurrence of similar events in the future as happened to the Boeing Max 737.
“Because of the plane crash, we have to check [other aircraft of the same type]. We are afraid that it is similar to the crash involving [Boeing 737] Max that is eventually grounded. We have not known yet the cause of this incident. This is also part of the routine checks,” said Novie on Thursday, Jan. 14.
According to him, the results of the inspections would be reported to the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Sriwijaya Air SJ182 serving the Jakarta-Pontianak route lost contact shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, and crashed in the waters off the Thousand Islands. The aircraft involved was Boeing 737-500, one of the Boeing Classics series manufactured in 1994 or was 26 years old.