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Jakarta Post

Fired foreign flyboys cry foul at Lombok flight school

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 30 2013   /  07:17 am

Three foreign flight instructors were fired by the PT Lombok Institute of Flight and Technology (PT LIFT) for refusing to use an aircraft not deemed airworthy, their lawyer says.

The instructors — identified as American Matthew Coen, 39; Spaniard Victor Cobo, 28; and German Selvia Staudinger, 31 — reported their employer, who sponsored their visas, to the immigration office in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), according to their lawyer, I Gede Sukarmo.

“We reported the issue to the Mataram immigration office because our clients have been unfairly dismissed,” Sukarmo said at the office on Monday. “Their employer, PT LIFT, failed to report the matter to the immigration office.”

The instructors claimed that they were wrongfully dismissed on Dec. 12.

“The case ensued because my clients refused to fly a training plane that they deemed was not airwort...