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Government suspends Air Operator Certificate of NBA planes

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 5 2011   /  08:00 am

The Transportation Ministry has suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Nusantara Buana Air’s (NBA) Casa 212-200 planes for safety reasons, following the crash of one of its planes in the forest of Langkat, North Sumatra, last week.

“We are suspending its AOC because its airplanes do not meet basic air practical standards. They are under-performing,” the ministry’s air transportation director general, Herry Bakti Gumay, said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

He said the ministry found several serious shortcomings in certain areas, such as aircraft performance, maintenance, and fuel and pilot policy.

However, he refused to comment on each area in detail.

“Nusantara Buana Air should be able to improve these areas to get its AOC back,” he said.

The ministry did not give a deadline for the airline to meet the requirements, but Herry said the minis...