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Editorial: When pilots ‘fly’

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, February 7 2012   /  10:29 am

The arrest of a Lion Air pilot after being caught red-handed in possession of crystal methamphetamine on Saturday is indeed a cause for concern. That Saiful Salam is the third flight captain nabbed for drug-related crimes within the last eight months should serve as a warning to the country’s aviation safety, which has been severely tainted following a series of accidents last year.

Had the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) not arrested Saiful at his hotel room in Surabaya, only less than three hours before his scheduled take-off, he would have put many lives on board at risk. As it deals with safety, flying under the influence of alcohol or drugs is punishable by a jail sentence and fine.

BNN officers busted Saiful over one month after the arrest of his colleague Hanum Adhyaksa, who led the police to Saiful. Hanum, according to BNN spokesman Sr. Comr. Sumirat Santoso, had ...