Merpati audit recommends ban of MA-60 aircraft from three airports

May 25, 2011

A special audit  of Merpati Nusantara Airlines following a recent fatal accident resulted in the ban of MA-60 aircraft from three Indonesian airports.

On May 7, 2011 a Xian MA-60 turboprop plane, opertated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines, crashed into the sea while on approach to Kaimana, Indonesia. All 25 on board were killed. Four days later, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced that they would conduct a special audit of the airline.

Following the audit, it was concluded that the MA-60 meets airworthiness standards and is safe to be operated. Also, the  aircraft were maintained in accordance with the maintenance programme.
However, the Ministry of Transportation recommended to no longer operate the MA-60 to Ende (ENE/WATE), Waingapu (WGP/WADW) and Ruteng (RTG/WATG). Approaches into these airports are considered difficult.

The audit further revealed a certain level of indiscipline in cases were pilots for instance carried out approaches and landings in below-minima weather conditions. The Ministry  recommended additional training for 77 MA-60 flight crew members.

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Indonesia: Investigators issue interim safety recommendations after Merpati crash

May 21, 2011

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) issued three interim recommendations in the light of the May 7, 2011 fatal accident involving a Merpati passenger plane.

A Xian MA60 airplane crashed during a visual approach to Kaimana  Airport (KNG), Indonesia in weather conditions below VFR minima. All 25 on board were killed in the accident.

The investigation is still on-going, but the NTSC published three immediate safety recommendations based on their findings so far:

A. to Merpati Nusantara Airlines:
Ensure that visual flight is being conducted in accordance with VFR conditions, and conduct training on the MA60 Crew Simulator with an emphasis on CRM in the face of the bad weather.

B. to the Director General of Civil Aviation:
Monitor the implementation of the recommendations in point A , to be carried out  by Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

C. to Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Directorate of Airports:
Review the provisions of the use of facilities / equipment, especially the airport runway lights to enhance the safety of flight operations, especially in low visibility conditions.

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Indonesia conducts special audit of Merpati following accident

May 11, 2011

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation decided to conduct a special audit of Merpati Nusantara Airlines following a recent fatal accident.

On May 7, 2011 a Xian MA-60 turboprop plane crashed into the sea while on approach to Kaimana, Indonesia. All 27 on board were killed.

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced that they would conduct a special audit  involving three things:

  • the condition of aircraft maintenance;
  • management audit of safety standards according to Air Operation Certificate (AOC); and
  • an audit of Defect Reports.
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