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Boeing 737 MAX crash: Indonesia finds design flaw and oversight lapses

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesian investigators have found that design and oversight lapses played a key role in the October 2018 crash of Boeing’s 737 MAX jet that killed all 189 people aboard.

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The draft conclusions, expected to be the first formal government finding of flaws in the design and U.S. regulatory approval, also identify a string of pilot errors and maintenance mistakes as causal factors of the Lion Air crash, the Wall Street Journal said on Sunday.

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded since March in the aftermath of two fatal crashes in five months.

A Boeing spokesman did not comment on the newspaper report but said the plane maker continued to offer support to the investigating authorities as they complete their report.

Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of Indonesia’s transport safety committee, told Reuters he could not comment before the release of the final report, which is expected by early November.

He said several stakeholders, but not all, had already provided feedback on a draft of the final report that has not been released publicly.

The draft was circulated to parties including Boeing, Lion Air and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Aug. 24.

“There are stakeholders that have sent their answers to us and we are evaluating them,” Tjahjono said.

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