The Jakarta Post
The transportation minister has prohibited all DHC6-300 Twin Otter planes from flying for a week following the disappearance of a Twin Otter light plane operated by Aviastar airline. The plane reportedly lost contact during a flight in South Sulawesi on Friday.
'We prohibit all DHC6-300 Twin Otter planes from flying in the coming week. We will carry out a comprehensive assessment on all the planes as instructed by Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan,' said air transportation director general Suprasetyo as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday.
He also said the Transportation Ministry would check all planes owned by Aviastar and if investigators found any negligence in its safety standards, the ministry would impose sanctions against the airline.
He said that apart from operating Twin Otters, Aviastar also had three BAe146 (British Aerospace 146) planes.
Carrying three crew members and 10 passengers, including two children and a baby, the Aviastar plane departed from Andi Djemma Airport in Masamba, Luwu regency, at 2:25 p.m. for Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar. It was scheduled to land in Makassar at 3:35 p.m. (bbn)(++++)