Transportation consultant at the World Bank
Indonesia has been shocked by the plane crash involving Lion Air flight JT610. The Oct. 29 incident brings to eight the number of fatal crashes in the country’s air transportation sector over the last 10 years.
The Lion Air aircraft, with 189 people on board, crashed into the Java Sea off Karawang, West Java, 13 minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The incident comes nearly four years after Air Asia flight QZ8501, carrying 162 people, crashed into the Java Sea off Kalimantan.
PlaneCrashInfo.com, which compiles data on more than 1,100 fatal crashes around the world in 1950-2010, shows pilot error has been behind nearly 60 percent of the accidents. Other culprits include bad weather, mechanical issues and sabotage.
Pilot error can involve misreading the instrument panel, misjudging weather conditions or faili...
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