JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation plans to examine aging Boeing 737s in the wake of the Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 disaster on Saturday, January 9 2021.
The Ministry’s Directorate for the Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations Directorate [DKPPU] issued a circular which announced that the checks will be carried out on 737s throughout Indonesia.
“The types of 737 Classics that will be examined included the 737-300, the 737-400 and the 737-500. Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 was a 737-500,” said DKPPU head Udi Titno Priyatna in a written statement to Kompas.com. “The policy will come into effect on Monday, January 11.”
Udi added that the Directorate will hold the checks according to a number of criteria. “The criterias we will look for include compliance with [the plane’s] airworthiness directive, carrying out routine inspections and major inspections, as well as repetitive monitoring,” he asserted.
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“We will also determine if [the airlines using Boeing 737s] regularly carried out pilot training [for the aircraft], hold pilot proficiency checks, log crew duty times, as well as to examine the [regular] implementation of the checks.”
The circular added that DKPPU will inspect the 737 operators throughout Indonesia. “We will inspect up to 10 Indonesian airlines that are known to operate the 737s. They include Sriwijaya Air, Nam Air, Travel Express Aviation Services, and Trigana Air Services,” Udi pointed out.
“Other carriers that we will check include Tri-Mg Intra Asia Airlines, My Indo Airlines, Jayawijaya Dirgantara, Citilink Indonesia, Deraya Air, dan Cardig Air.”
The Planespotters.net aviation website said the 737-500 aircraft lost in the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 tragedy was manufactured in 1994, and has been part of Sriwijaya Air's fleet since May 2012.
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