Boeing 737 Allowed to Fly Again In Indonesia Following 2018 Crash

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Alyssa Rask, Staff Writer

In Indonesia, government officials have unbanned the flight of Boeing 737 following the 2018 crash that killed 189 passengers and the 2019 Ethiopian airline crash that ended in the fatality 0f 346 people.

The Transportation Ministry released a statement on Wednesday stating that the lifting of the aircraft ban is effective immediately. This announcement came following a regulatory evaluation of the aircraft system changes.

The aircraft’s return in Indonesia comes after Europe and other countries, including the United States, Japan, and Australia, approved the Boeing 737 to fly again.

Investigators determined both the 2018 and 2019 crashes were caused by a computer system inside the aircraft, which tipped the nose of the plane down while in flight, an issue that the pilot could not override.

Before the plane can take flight in Indonesia again, airlines must follow airworthiness directives and inspect their planes. The ministry added that the Indonesian government has the ability to inspect the planes as well.