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Garuda pilot gets two years for negligence

  • Slamet Susanto

    THE JAKARTA POST

YOGYAKARTA   /   Tue, April 7 2009   /  09:13 am

Muhammad Marwoto Komar, the pilot of the Garuda jetliner that crash-landed at Yogyakarta’s Adi Sucipto Airport in 2007, killing 21 people on board — including five Australians — was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for negligence. The Sleman District Court’s panel of judges, presided over by Sri Andini, concluded Marwoto had beyond reasonable doubt violated Article 479G(b) of the Criminal Code on negligence by causing the deaths of others. “The defendant is guilty as charged, and therefore is sentenced to two years in prison,” Sri Andini said, reading out the court’s verdict. Marwoto was found guilty of failing to inform co-pilot Gagam Salman R. that the plane was experiencing problems, while he still had two minutes to do so before being forced to crash-land. As a consequence, there was no communication with air traffic control at Adi Sucipto A...