Lion Air’s safety culture in spotlight as plane in crash ‘not airworthy’

The Lion Air plane that crashed into Java Sea last month with 189 people on board was not airworthy and should have been grounded, said Indonesian investigators.

Preliminary findings revealed yesterday by Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) suggested that Lion Air put the plane – a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – back into service despite encountering problems on earlier flights.

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