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Air Niugini ‘not flying’ 737 Max aircraft
11:12 pm GMT+12, 12/03/2019, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission is monitoring the unfolding situations regarding the major crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Lion Air in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines in Ethiopia.
 
Chief Commissioner Hubert Namani said Indonesia and Ethiopia were signatory states to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
 
He said the investigation authorities in Indonesia and Ethiopia conduct investigations in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 13 Standards.
 
“The AIC understands that the United States National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Boeing Company are assisting the Indonesian and Ethiopian investigation authorities with their investigations,” Namani said.
 
“I want to assure our PNG citizens and the travelling public that the Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Air Niugini and all operators currently flying Boeing 737 aircraft to and from Papua New Guinea, are not the Boeing 737 MAX model.
 
“It is too early in the investigation of the Ethiopian crash to make any assessment of likely similar causal or contributing factors to the Lion Air crash.”
 
The AIC is an independent statutory agency and is governed by a commission and is entirely separate from the judiciary, transport regulators, policy makers and service providers.
 
Its function is to improve safety and public confidence in the aviation industry through excellence in independent investigation of aviation accidents and other safety occurrences, safety data recording and analysis and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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