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How could a new plane have crashed?

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How could a plane that started flying just two months ago crash?

That is the big question being discussed after Lion Air Flight JT610 went down yesterday morning. The Boeing 737 Max 8 - a new aircraft type fitted with a new engine type - had entered into commercial service last year, and the one that plunged into the sea was delivered to Lion Air only in August this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'How could a new plane have crashed?'. Print Edition | Subscribe