Indonesia plane crash: Lion Air was rated seven stars, upgraded to top safety tier in June

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Besides Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air were also upgraded to the same tier. (AP) Besides Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air were also upgraded to the same tier. (AP)

Lion Air airlines, whose passenger flight crashed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta with 188 people on board, was rated seven stars and was upgraded to the top safety tier by global rating agency AirlineRatings.com, a press note by the airline company in June this year stated. Follow Live Updates on the Lion Air crash.

The upgrade to the highest level was the result of a new audit of Indonesia’s compliance with the eight categories in the International Civil Aviation Organization Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), the statement said. The categories included Operations, Airworthiness, Accident Investigation, Aerodromes, Organization, Legislation, Air Navigation Services and Licensing.

Besides Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air were also upgraded to the same tier.

The three airlines had also completed the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which is conducted every two years. Airlineratings.com’s safety rating system, however, did not audit pilot training as this is covered to an extent under the IOSA audit.

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The flight, that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra, crashed into the sea, Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the agency, had confirmed via a text message.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8. “We cannot give any comment at this moment,” Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group, had said. “We are trying to collect all the information and data,” he added.

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