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Quality of Chinese-made plane questioned after crash

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Mon, May 9 2011   /  08:00 am

Some critics are calling into question the quality of a Merpati Nusantara Airlines Chinese-made MA60 aircraft after it crashed Saturday in Kaimana, West Papua, killing all 27 people on board.

Before the deadly incident, two Merpati MA60 planes were also involved in incidents in July 2010 and February this year although there were no casualties then, news portal tempointeraktif.com reported.

In July 2010 at Selaparang airport in West Nusa Tenggara, the scheduled flight of a Merpati MA60 aircraft was called off due to a short circuit problem in the cabin, while in February this year at Kupang airport in East Nusa Tenggara, a Merpati MA60 skidded off the runway.

Several years ago, then vice president Jusuf Kalla rejected a plan to purchase MA60 airplanes, saying production volume was too low and the model had not received certification from the US Federal Aviation Admin...