Six Boeing 737 Max-8 worth operating: Transport Ministry

Six Boeing 737 Max-8 worth operating: Transport Ministry

Boeing 737 MAX (REUTERS/Jason Redmond)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Transportation Ministry has released a temporary report on the ramp check of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes and declared them worth operating.

Following the crash of a Lion Air plane with flight number JT 610 on Monday (Oct 29), there are still 11 Boeing 737 MAX operating in the country, the ministry`s acting director general of air transportation, M. Pramintohadi Sukarno said in a press conference here on Friday.

The 11 Boeing 737 MAX planes comprise one operated by Garuda Indonesia and 10 operated by Lion Air, he said.

"The temporary report is related to the ramp check conducted on one Garuda plane and five Lion Air planes. The Garuda plane is in good condition and the others are in good condition. There is a little problem but it was settled soon," he said.

During the check, one plane was found having a minor problem which was settled soon and the plane is now in good condition, he said.

The ramp check included repetitive problems, troubleshooting, airworthiness, complete equipment and operation management in handling technical problems, he said.

All the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes continue to operate, he said.

The Transportation Ministry will always conduct ramp checks on all airline companies` planes following the crash of the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX in the Java Sea in Karawang district, West Java, on Monday (Oct 29), he said.

Director of Airworthiness and Plane Operation of the Transportation Ministry Avirianto said the ministry has intensified its surveillance of planes by placing airworthiness and plane operation inspectors at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Kualanamu Airport, Juanda Airport, Ngurah Rai Airport and Hasanudin Airport.

"We do not rule out the possibility that Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes which are still operating will be monitored day by day. If significant thing is found, we will conduct surveillance, if possible. After inspecting the plane, we will monitor them everyday and will stop their operation if problem is found," he said.

Reporting by Mentari Dwi Gayati
Editing by Suharto, Bustanuddin