Aircraft Accidents Often Occur in Indonesia This is the Analysis

Aircraft Accidents Often Occur in Indonesia This is the Analysis - RI has experienced several incidents related to safety issues in the past, including poor aircraft maintenance, pilot training, communication or mechanical failures, and air traffic control problems.

According to Bloomberg, Indonesia is said to be the worst place in Asia to fly a plane, because data from the Aviation Safety Network shows that RI has 104 accidents and 2,353 related deaths.

The cause of the crash of the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 plane into the Java Sea shortly after take-off was still unclear until the plane's black box was retrieved and checked. But there was one thing that was found, namely the plane which was almost 27 years old flew in heavy rain.

Then, what caused the plane crash in Indonesia?

In an article entitled "Jet Crash Adds to Long List of Aviation Disasters in Indonesia" in the Bloomberg media, there are two most important aspects that resulted in the incident. Namely the bad weather factor and communication.

"Indonesia, home to one of the largest archipelagic countries in the world, a chain of islands stretching from London to New York, has one of the highest incidences of thunderstorms and lightning strikes anywhere," noted the media, adding that Bogor City had experienced thunderstorms all 322 days a year in 1988.

Besides that, there are also volcanic eruptions, which throw clumps of ash into the air which can be sucked into aircraft engines and damage them.

“In 2019, the Bali airport canceled and changed several flights following the eruption of Mount Agung, which spewed ash in the south of the island. With global warming, extreme weather events are becoming more common as well. Sriwijaya flight 182 was delayed for about an hour due to alarming conditions," said the article.

After that the communication failure factor. This is one of the factors that trigger accidents in Indonesia.

For example, on an AirAsia flight that took off from Surabaya in December 2014, the Indonesian pilot and French co-pilot ended up fighting each other over the controls after their attempts to repair a faulty steering system caused the autopilot to disengage. The plane climbed steeply, stalled and crashed into the sea.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press (AP News) media, in its article entitled "EXPLAINER: Why Indonesia's plane safety record is a concern" explains that a combination of economic, social and geographical factors is a factor in the frequency of aviation accidents in RI.

"The industry had little regulation or oversight in the early years of Indonesia's aviation boom, after the economy opened up following the fall of Suharto in the late 1990s and the end of decades of dictatorship," it noted.

According to him, low-cost airlines are developing very fast, so it's common for people to travel across the sprawling archipelago where many areas still lack effective or safe transportation infrastructure.

Based on data from the Aviation Safety Network, Indonesia has experienced 104 civil aircraft accidents with more than 1,300 related deaths since 1945, placing it as the most dangerous place to fly in Asia.

The United States (US) even banned Indonesian airlines from working in the country from 2007 to 2016 because they were "deficient in one or more areas, such as technical skills, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures". The European Union had a similar ban from 2007 to 2018.

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