Lion Air awaits govt audit of plans to buy Boeing 737 

By Ramon Monsalve, Jr.

November 6, 2018, 1:04 pm

MOSCOW – Indonesia’s Lion Air awaits the results of the Transportation Ministry’s audit of its earlier plans to purchase 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft, following the recent plane crash, Lion Air Group Managing Director Daniel Putut said.

"We are awaiting the Ministry’s audit. We will comply if the government requests us to reschedule our company’s plans," Putut said at Soekarno-Hatta airport on Sunday, as quoted by Tempo magazine.

The company announced its plans to buy the 50 Boeing planes by 2027 back in April, according to the magazine.

On Oct. 29, the carrier said it had suspended talks with the Boeing manufacturer on supplies of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft after the plane crash, noting that the crashed 737 MAX 8 had technical issues during a previous flight.

Lion Air Flight JT610, en route to the Indonesian city of Pangkal Pinang, lost contact with the traffic control on Oct. 29 shortly after departing from Jakarta.

The plane later plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.

The probe into the crash’s causes is underway. (Sputnik)