“Now will pertinent questions and concerns that I rose in my Malaysiakini letter dated October 31st which was not published is now addressed by the Minister of Transport in view this FAA directive?”
CASSA: WILL OUR CONCERNS ON BOEING 737 MAX 8 PLANES IN MALAYSIA BE NOW ADDRESSED IN VIEW THE FAA DIRECTIVE?
I refer with shock to the comments by the newly minted Transport Minister that there will be no ban on Lion Air operations in Malaysia (Malaysiakini – Oct 31/18) and the breaking news that FAA issues emergency directive on Boeing 737 Max after Lion Air crash (Malaysiakini Nov 8/18)
The tragedy of Lion Air JT610 Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang flight carrying 181 passengers and eight crew members crashing into the waters of Tanjung Karawang, West Java shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 6.20am on Monday sends shocks and shivers down our entire spine!
For Indonesia this was super bad news, again!
Put bluntly, this crash was a setback for its fast-growing aviation sector, which has been troubled for years by safety problems.
For the record, and in all fairness, there were also signs of progress made.
Which resulted in June with the European Union lifting a ban on Indonesian airlines that it had imposed in 2007?
The reasons then were cited as “unaddressed safety concerns.”
All that now will be revisited, new audits done, plenty of verification, and heads to roll after a brand-new plane, a Boeing 737 Max 8 fell from the sky!
According to aviation experts and commercial pilots who spoke to me, this new class of aircraft joined the fleet in service only about 17 months ago.
And brands like Southwest and American Airlines have added them to their fleets.
They generally replace older 737s, which fly mostly domestic routes.
But all that will now change with this brand new aircraft carrying 189 people from Jakarta crashing into the Java Sea killing all on board and raising alert and alarm and renewed concerns about air safety!
It was clear skies but minutes after takeoff, reports indicate that the crew of Lion Air Flight 610 contacted air traffic controllers and asked permission to return to the airport.
The said request was permitted!
But the aircraft never made it back!
Strange, inexplicable since this aircraft according to my sources claim was delivered to Lion Air in August and had flown only about 800 total hours before it crashed!
The only hint of something amiss, being an unspecified technical problem during a flight the day before from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to Jakarta.
And we are told that issue had been resolved “according to procedure.”
Seriously or is this quite premature in view this tragedy?
Records will show that were 189 fatalities here!
In all of our minds, there are serious questions, but no answers!
It is like our own MH370 (9M-MRO) episode where despite new evidence and claims it is in the Sumatran waters, there is no closure as if someone is holding all of us to ransom?
Like MH370, this Lion Air JT610’s case, someone certainly has dropped the ball; someone knows more, but, whom?
Time will tell!
Out there, a lot of grieving people while stakeholders and the industry carry out multi-level damage control and crisis communication endeavors to stop the free fall of their shares, sales and damage to the brand?
But like others, in the aviation industry, stakeholders and consumers, I am utterly embarrassed and shocked that there is no ban or suspension of Lion Air flight operations in Malaysia following a crash involving the airline’s jet in Indonesia!
Is it not an industry practice that enforces that one grounds all Boeing 737 MAX in not just Malaysia but around the world, until the results of the Indonesia crash investigation confirms that the new plane is not the cause?
It is obvious Malaysia has not learnt lessons despite our four tragedies!
Now will pertinent questions and concerns that I rose in my Malaysiakini letter dated October 31st which was not published is now addressed by the Minister of Transport in view this FAA directive?