Indonesian airline Garuda is canceling its order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets
A Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea last October, killing all 189 people on board. Investigators suspect a malfunction in the flight control system is a contributing factor to both crashes.
Less than five months later, the same plane model operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed. None of the 157 on board the flight survived. Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said that preliminary data retrieved from the plane’s flight data recorder showed “a clear similarity” with the Indonesian crash.
The two incidents have also led to the U.S. Department of Transportation to ask for an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 planes, while the FBI has reportedly joined in a criminal investigation of the certification process for the jets.
— Reuters contributed to this report.