Thursday, July 9, 2009

Merpati Airlines rank threatened down

Merpati Nusantara Airlines

Several times an accident and negligence in their flight operation, the airline company Merpati Nusantara Airlines threatened down the ranking in the categorization done by the Indonesia safety authority flight.For time being the Ministry of Transportation has revoke the approved capability Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Merpati Maintenance Facility (MMF). "While this is being examined again whether this error was fatal enough so threaten the flight safety," said the Head of Legal Bureau of the Directorate of Civil Avitation, Rudi Ricardo in Jakarta.

As known, at this time Merpati Airlines with a dozen other national airlines has been included in category I on flight safety rank by Ministry of Transportation which means secure to use cause meet the safety and aviation security. If they go down to category II, Merpati airlines will be eligible minimal civil aviation safety but there are some requirements that have not been implemented. However, the ranking may go down if Merpati repeatedly make mistakes in assessing the safety by Ministry of Transportation. "In six months there are three Merpati accidents with the same PK," he said.

On the official website of Ministry of Transportation, the letter from Directorate General of Civil Avitation to PT Merpati Nusantara number AU/4604/DKUPPU/2725/2009 dated 7 July 2009, revoke the approved capability SBU Merpati Maintenance Facility (MMF SBU) and freeze the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License ( AMEL) of the three SBU MMF qualified personnel as related to the prevention of serious incident Boeing 737 © 400 © PK MDO that occurred on 6 July 2009 Frans Kaisepo Airport in Biak, Papua.

This policy is also associated with the previous accident  that befall Merpati and Ministry of Transportation need to consider revocation of the temporary ability (approved capability) SBU MMF as the holder of Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) 145/9300, in the field of accessories for the job inspection, testing, and wheel and brake repair for aircraft B 737-200/300/400/500 until internal self evaluation and internal assessment done by PT Merpati Nusantara and received by the Directorate General of Civil Avitation.  Similarly in the case of freezing of the AMEL No. 3825 on behalf of Nanang Budi Erwanto, AMEL No. 3451 (Sumitro Fasting) and AMEL No. 3671 - M Kusno Adi Nurcahyo, until the internal self assessment and internal evaluation received the Directorate General of Air.

Merpati Airlines is required to perform the internal self assessment and internal evaluation of the overall system and procedures in order to find the root of the problems (root causes) of the accident, and then report the results to the Ministry of Transportation. Furthermore, the Directorate General of Civil Avitation will check upon receive reports the internal self assessment and internal evaluation conducted by the PT Merpati Nusantara and considering before reissue the SBU MMF and the personal AMEL.  Meanwhil, Corporate Secretary of Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Sukandi said Merpati will comply with all government decisions. However the company still has the right to provide feedback on the government's decision. "Management will conduct a meeting first before giving feedback," he said.

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