'You Could Feel the Explosion': Latest on Indonesia Crash

The jet that went down was brand-new
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2018 3:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – One of the biggest questions in the wake of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that may have killed all 181 passengers and eight crew members is why a brand-new plane would crash. The type of plane used in Flight JT 610, the Boeing 737 MAX 8, has only been in commercial use since last year, and this is the first major accident involving that type of plane, the BBC reports. Lion Air was the first carrier in Indonesia to start using the plane, and the specific one that crashed had only been in use since Aug. 15 and had logged just 800 hours of flight time. Though older planes are typically more at risk for accidents, an aviation analyst explains to the BBC that if a plane is "very new, there are sometimes snags that only reveal themselves after they are [used routinely]. These usually get sorted [within] the first three months." But another analyst wasn't so sure, and added, "I don't know what would make a plane this new crash." More of the latest:

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