Sat, Apr 21, 2007
Country Says Warning Has No "Influence"
The FAA downgraded Indonesia's oversight rating this week,
prompting the US Embassy in Jakarta to issue a warning calling for
all American citizens traveling in Indonesia to avoid flying local
The actions are in response to a series of mishaps this year
involving the carrier, two of which were crashes. The FAA has
determined Indonesian aviation authorities have not yet complied
with international safety standards.
Indonesian Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the travel
advisory would not affect the nation's aviation industry, according
to All Headline News. Although Indonesian aviation authorities
admit all local airliners have not yet met international aviation
As ANN reported on March 6, a
spokesman for the Indonesian government told CNN approximately 115
passengers were onboard a Garuda Airlines Boeing 737-400 that
apparently overshot the runway at Yogyakarta airport in central
Java and burst into flames.
On January 1, an Adam Air 737-400 fell from radar screens on a
flight from Surabaya to Manado. Searchers recovered some debris
from the crash in the sea off South Sulawesi, although no bodies of
that plane's 102 passengers and crew have been recovered.
In February, Indonesian low-cost carrier Adam Air was forced to
ground a third of its fleet, following a hard landing Wednesday
that literally cracked the fuselage of one of its Boeing 737s.
"(The warning) will not have influence on the aviation in the
country," Rajasa told reporters in Jakarta.
The US Embassy said, "Whenever possible, Americans traveling to
and from Indonesia should fly directly to their destinations on
international carriers from countries whose civil aviation
authorities meet international aviation safety standards."
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