QUOTE (Kopassus @ May 11 2011, 11:39 PM)
BTW, the crashed aircraft is a Xian MA-60....
Source: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90...51/7378185.htmlplane Indonesia probes crash
15:21, May 12, 2011
Indonesian authorities have carried out an investigation into the crash of a passenger plane operated by state firm Merpati Nusantara airline in Kaimana gulf of West Papua in eastern Indonesia on Saturday that killed all 25 people on board.
The plane from Sorong town to Kaimana town crashed into sea about 500 meters away from runway before landing, according to Transport Ministry.
Head of Air Transport Directorate of the ministry Harry Bhakti said that the probe was aimed at finding out the cause of the accident, whether it was caused by unfavorable weather, human error or technical fault.
He said that the plane quality was good and proper to fly, and that it rained immediately before the accident.
Scores of investigators from Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee or KNKT have been on the scene to conduct an investigation, according to Franswenas, an investigator at the KNKT.
Eight experts from China where the plane was made have also arrived in Kaimana town to help with the investigation, he told Xinhua by phone.
Indonesian rescuers have recovered the bodies of the 25 people on board and both data recorder and voice recorder known as black boxes.
Both recorders were sent to China on Wednesday for analysis, said Franswenas.
"We expect them to be read there, because the result of the analysis would be really helpful to the ongoing investigation," said Franswenas.
Indonesia is also waiting for the result of investigation conducted by the experts from China.The European Union lifted its travel ban on four of 51 Indonesian airlines in July 2009, which was imposed in July 2007 after a series of accidents that killed over 250 people. Source: Xinhua Note: accident proned is accident proned regardless of the make of the aircraft, some culture is resistance to change when it is plaqued with poor safety standards and when corruption is rifed in every level. If change does come it is at a snail's pace and resulting in tragic lost of life.
Source: http://nycaviation.com/2011/05/indonesian-...ti-plane-crash/Airline News • Aviation News • Crashes • Government News
Indonesian President Demands Answers for Merpati Plane Crash
May 12th, 2011 • By BNO News
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded answers from his cabinet regarding the Merpati Nusantara Airlines planes crash that killed 27 people.
According the Antara news agency, Yudhoyono discussed the case with cabinet members in a meeting in Jakarta. The president called on all ministers concerned to explain to the civilian population the progress of the probe on the accident.
On May 7, a Chinese made Xian MA-60 plane crashed in Kaimana, West Papua, killing all 27 people on board. The accident took place at around 2.05 p.m. local time as the aircraft was preparing to land at the local airport.
“What is important is clear explanation. Certainly the best parties to give the explanation are the Merpati airlines leadership and the state ministers,” said Yudhoyono. “Everything could be explained in a right and correctly way.”
The president also demanded the transportation minister to give an explanation of the regulation and licensing for 60 planes owned by Merpati Nusantara Airlines which have no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license.
Furthermore, Yudhoyono called for a review for the purchase of 15 MA-60 turbo-prop planes manufactured by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation for $220 million initiated in 2006.The procurement of the aircraft for the state-owned Merpati Airlines has been surrounded by controversy. An investigation was opened to determine if there was foul play in the purchase as it is being questioned the planes’ air-worthiness.
Former vice president Jusuf Kalla joined the calls for a thorough probe on the issue as he said that the previous government had already cancelled the deal and the current ruling coalition resurrected it at a much higher price.
“When I was vice president, the 15 planes should have cost only about $165 million. Why did it become so expensive? I think the Finance Ministry, should openly publish details of the purchase,” Kalla said.
Also on Thursday, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi announced that the black box data log of the Chinese-made MA-60 aircraft will be sent to China for deciphering. A team from the National Committee on Transportation Safety will travel to China to open the data recorder.Note: obviously the kickbacks was not enough at $165 mil, and it was pushed up to $220 mil, this is how the wheels are oiled in IND