JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Considered responsible for Lion Air JT610 crash last Monday (29/10), Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi dismiss the flight carrier’s Technical Director Muhammad Asif. He also suggested the Technical Director position to be replaced.
“We have released Lion Air’s Technical Director to be replaced with someone else, as well as the technical team who recommended the flight,” Sumadi told reporters today (31/10).
He asked the airlines, especially Lion Air, to intensify plane examination before flight or ramp check. He confirmed ramp check was the crash cause. Moreover, the ministry will oversee low cost carrier (LCC) flight price, so it will not neglect safety.
Transportation Ministry will impose another sanction to Lion Air, once investigation result came out, added the minister. Until now, Transportation Safety National Committee investigation is still ongoing.
Responded to the ministry decision, Lion Air stated will carry out the direction to lay off and dismiss Asif who currently serves as Lion Air’s Technical Director. The company has appointed Muhammad Rusli as acting director of Lion Air engineering. This decision is effective as of Oct. 31 until further notice.
JT-610 for Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang route, carrying 181 passengers and eight cabin crews, lost contact 13 minutes after take off and fell in Karawang waters, West Java.
Based on President Joko Widodo’s order, search and rescue operation takes place for 24 hours. Team of hundreds from Search and Rescue Agency, National Police, and Military conduct the operation. So far, 49 body bags have been found and sent to National Police Hospital to be identified.
Location of the fuselage—main body of Lion Air JT610—alleged has been detected. And purportedly, a lot of bodies are still trapped in fuselage. Military’s Rigel ships, using sonar facility, along with Navy and Search Rescue Agency, are now searching in the coordinates.
“Rigel ship, including geo survey. We are currently focusing on one point to ensure that what we expect at the bottom of the sea, is part of JT 610,” National Army chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said.
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