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Human error blamed for air crashes

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2011   /  07:54 am

Airline passengers would be well advised to fasten their seat belts, as they are in for a disturbing ride following findings by an airline safety authority that the number of aircraft accidents is on the rise.

Even brand new planes cannot ensure passengers’ safety, as human error has been the cause of most of the aircraft accidents.

According to the Transportation Ministry, the number of aircraft accidents jumped by 28.5 percent between January and Nov. 8, compared to the same period last year.

While the country has seen no major or deadly aircraft accidents since January 2007, when an Adam Air flight plunged into the sea off the coast of Sulawesi and killed all 102 on board, the report was a wake up call for the airline authority.

“We are very concerned about this issue, and we are focusing on creating a stronger culture of safety among our flight crews...