After China ordered the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8s operated by China-based airlines following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines ET302, Indonesia and Singapore are following with their own groundings of the jets operated by local carriers.
Indonesia’s Transport Ministry have issued temporary groundings of the Boeing 737 MAXs operated by Indonesian airlines pending inspections, while Singapore issued a blanket ban on all versions of the 737 MAX - not just the MAX 8s – from operating within Singapore airspace.
“One of the steps that the Air Transportation Directorate General will take is to conduct inspections and temporarily ground the planes to ensure they are airworthy,” said Indonesian Air Transportation Director General Polana B. Pramesti. “This step has been approved by the Transportation Ministry.”
Regarding its blanket ban, Singapore’s CAAS it is in communication with the US FAA and Boeing for more safety information regarding the aircraft. "During the temporary suspension, CAAS will gather more information and review the safety risk associated with the continued operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore,"
In Indonesia and Singapore, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and SilkAir operate the aircraft in question. The crash of ET302 used the same aircraft type involved in the Lion Air JT610 flight which crashed in October 2018. Lion Air operates 11 of the new jets, Garuda with 1, and Silk Air with 6.
Indonesian authorities will be inspecting the aircraft, and will ground any aircraft to be found with any problems.