Mitch Harris: 'The modern plane was thought to be very safe'

Night Talk 30/10/2018
Credit: Reuters.

Night Talk: Mitch Harris opening comments, Tuesday 30th October 2018.

Tonight: What do you think happened to the Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea? Are modern planes really as safe as we're told?

An aviation expert has suggested a bomb could have caused a crash that has left 189 people feared dead near Indonesia.

Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta. The plane was a new Boeing 737 and had only logged 800 hours in the air.

Both pilots were experienced and between them had spent 11,000 hours in the air.

Aviation analyst Captain John Nance said there wasn't much to suggest what happened, but it was unusual that a new plane crashed.

"An aeroplane like this does not normally fall out of the sky, even a 737 of an older variety," he told The AM Show.

"There's just nothing on board the aeroplane, including the engines, that could cause a catastrophic nose over like this.

"So we're looking at the possibility of, for instance, a bomb."

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