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Indonesia orders removal of Lion Air technical director after crash: State media

File photo of a Lion Air plane. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Jakarta, Indonesia Oct 31, 2018, 02.01 PM (IST)

Indonesia's transport minister has ordered the removal of Lion Air's technical director and several technicians linked to a deadly plane crash, state news agency Antara reported Wednesday, citing government authority over the aviation industry.

"Today we will remove Lion's technical director from his duties to be replaced by someone else, as well as technical staff" who cleared the flight to depart, Budi Karya Sumadi was reported as saying.