AirAsia QZ8501 crash: Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector

5 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AirAsia QZ8501 crash: Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector.

Indonesia has launched a crackdown on its aviation sector in the wake of the crash of an AirAsia jet into the Java Sea late last month, ordering airlines to carry out stricter pre-flight briefings for pilots and suspending the air traffic officials who authorised the crashed airliner to take off.

Searchers have found what could be the tail of the AirAsia airliner that crashed mysteriously with 162 people aboard – raising hope for a breakthrough in the investigation because the black box is located in that section. “We found what has a high probability of being the tail of the plane,” said Yayan Sofyan, captain of the Indonesian naval patrol vessel that made the discovery, Reuters reported. Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director-general of civil aviation, said the government had issued new rules that would require airlines to properly brief pilots on weather conditions before departure, a standard practice in other countries. Acting director general of air transportation Djoko Murjatmodjo said that as well as the suspension of the airport’s operator and officials in the control tower; the licenses and schedules of all airlines flying in the country will be examined to see whether they are violating the flight rules. Now we are trying to confirm it.” Meanwhile, Indonesian transport authorities announced that some of the officials who had been on duty when the Airbus A320-200 went down on Dec. 28 will be assigned other duties during the investigation – but provided no further explanation.

While the airline is being investigated, Indonesia announced on Saturday 3 January that it had banned all AirAsia flights between Surabaya and Singapore. In the sea area earlier we received a report from the BMKG (Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency) that waves were still around 1.5 to 2.5 meters and the currents are between 2 and 5 knots,” said the Air Force Search and Rescue Coordinator, Lt.

Just before losing contact, the pilot told air traffic control that he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic. Officials have said that storms likely contributed to the disaster, with continuing bad weather hampering search-and-recovery efforts since Flight 8501 ended up in the water. Authorities have suspended Indonesia AirAsia’s Surabaya-Singapore license, saying the airline only had permission to fly the route on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Recovery teams hope to reach what they believe is the plane’s fuselage to retrieve bodies and the aircraft’s flight data recorders – the “black boxes” – located in the tail section of the aircraft.

Speaking on Monday, Mr Murjatmodjo said aviation authorities at Surabaya used the wrong information as the basis for flight approval, adding he had ordered a review of all airlines’ traffic rights. AirAsia’s Surabaya to Singapore operation has been suspended. “A team from [the] air transport authorities is examining all airlines’ route permits in Indonesia with flight schedules,” Mr Murjatmodjo told a press conference in Jakarta. “If there is a mismatch or violation then [they] will be suspended like AirAsia.” The development came as the search for more victims — believed to be trapped in the jet’s fuselage, which has yet to be located — entered an eighth day. The findings posted on the agency’s website reference several other flights that experienced problems like engine failure and severe turbulence during storms in the area in the last decade.

However, bad weather has prevented authorities from resuming a full-scale search operation since the first confirmed debris from the flight was retrieved last week from the coast off Borneo. The Ministry said it will also inspect the route licenses of other airlines. “I do not want to comment on whether the license had anything to do with the crash.

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