President Jokowi: Passenger Safety Management Should be Improved
In the wake of the Lion Air JT 610 crash, President Joko Jokowi Widodo said that Low Cost Carrier (LCC) airlines exist in many countries. The most important thing, according to the President, is improving passenger safety management.
The statement was made by the President when answering questions from the journalists on the relation between the Lion Air crash and its Low Cost Carrier (LCC) status.
President Jokowi further said that he has instructed Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi to improve passenger safety management and aircraft security management.
“I always emphasize (the security management) but for now we are focusing on search and rescue operation,” President Jokowi said after the opening of the 2018 Indonesian Construction Exhibition, the 2018 Indonesian Infrastructure Week, and the Acceleration of Construction Workers Certification, at JI Expo, Jakarta, Tuesday (31/10).
In the meantime, Ministry of Transportation through the Directorate General of Civil Aviation c.q. the Directorate of Aircraft Airworthiness and Operation (KUPPU) has instructed two airlines namely PT Garuda Indonesia and PT Lion Mentari Airlines to conduct special examination for their Boeing 737-8 Max aircrafts. The examination is conducted in response to the aforementioned Lion Air crash.
For the record, both Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air own and operate Boeing 737-8 Max aircrafts: Lion Air has 11 aircrafts and Garuda Indonesia has 1 aircraft.
Minister of Transportation, after accompanying President Jokowi to inspect the Integrated Evacuation Center for the Victims of Lion Air JT 610 in Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, Tuesday (30/10), said that the results of the examination will later be given to the National Committee for Transportation Safety (KNKT) and will be used as additional data about the Plane crash.
“We will analyze the examination result and will give the result to the KNKT. It will be used by the KNKT to determine the cause of the accident,” the Minister said.
The examination will cover the repetitive problem indications; implementation of troubleshooting; conformity between procedures and implementation of aspects of airworthiness; and complete equipment for troubleshooting in Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft.
The result of the examination must be immediately reported to the Directorate of Aircraft Airworthiness and Aircraft Operation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, to be evaluated.
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Mia Medyana