Thu. Jul 11th, 2024

Covid-19 ‘ghost’ in Indonesian plane crash

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec31,2023 #Covid #ghost #Indonesian
Covid-19 'ghost' in Indonesian plane crash 3
Covid-19 'ghost' in Indonesian plane crash 3

As a former pilot of the Indonesian Air Force, admired by many people and with more than 30 years of piloting experience, Captain Afwan spent his free time training with the airline’s flight simulator.

However, tragedy occurred when flight number SJ 182 piloted by Afwan on January 9 crashed into the Java Sea, just a few minutes after taking off in heavy rain from the airport in Jakarta.

Authorities hastily organized a search and rescue campaign, but there was no hope of finding survivors.

The Indonesian Navy recovered debris from Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 in the waters near Lancang Island on January 10.

This is considered a grim start to the new year in a country that has suffered a series of aviation accidents in recent years.

Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX also fell into the Java Sea in 2018, after the anti-stall system designed specifically for this aircraft model had a problem, similar to the error that caused an Ethiopian Airlines flight to crash a few months ago.

According to sources working in the industry, after a series of tragedies, Indonesia’s aviation industry has made efforts to improve its safety record, although it has not kept pace with the rapid expansion of the sector.

Pilots say the drop in passenger traffic because of Covid-19 makes it difficult for them to maintain their expertise, even as airlines offer flight simulator training.

Captain Rama Noya of Sriwijaya Air, who is also president of the Indonesian Pilots Association, expressed a strange feeling when flying the plane again after a month of suspension.

Before the outbreak of Covid-19, Sriwijaya Air, an airline founded in 2003, mainly operating domestic and Southeast Asian flights, was in heavy debt.

Colleagues who know Captain Afwan said that the 54-year-old pilot is quite a `steadfast` person.

Covid-19 'ghost' in Indonesian plane crash

The flight path and location of Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 disappeared from radar on January 9.

However, pilots working for low-cost airlines, such as Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air, are under pressure to fly planes that they themselves judge as not safe enough, along with their working conditions.

Although considered a good aircraft with no significant system errors, the Boeing 737-500 that Afwan piloted on January 9 has been in use for 26 years, requiring regular maintenance to keep the aircraft alive.

Because Sriwijaya Air only put into operation about a quarter of its aircraft during the pandemic, regulators have warned that some Boeing 737 models may need to be inspected due to the possibility of problems occurring during the pandemic.

Amid countless difficulties besetting the Indonesian aviation industry, flight SJ 182 departed more than 30 minutes late due to heavy rain.

`I really enjoy flying and enjoy flying the Boeing 737 on all domestic routes in Indonesia. I also get to see beautiful cities and breathtaking scenery across many of the country’s archipelagos,`

Related Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *