Indonesia to reduce age limit of commercial aircraft
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Indonesia is planning to reduce the maximum age of commercial aircraft owned by local airlines to 15 years and that of leased aircraft to 10 years as part of efforts to enhance safety across the country.
Currently there is no age limit for airline-owned or leased aircraft.
An official at the Ministry of Transport in Jakarta, Ismadi Yusuf, said that from 1 January 2013 airlines will have to adhere to the ruling that at the point of leasing the aircraft it is not more than 10 years old.
No implementation date has been decided for aircraft owned by local carriers.
The Ministry faces a stumbling block in enforcing the ruling for leased aircraft as no regular audits are carried out.
An attempt to reduce the age limit for leased aircraft to 20 years in 2005 failed miserably as there was no enforcement.
The government has been under tremendous pressure to improve the country’s poor transport safety record, especially air transport, after a string of crashes over the last 40 years.
Since 1971, there have been 52 crashes involving aircraft of Indonesian carriers.
State-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines alone accounts for 38 including 22 fatal, the last being on 9 May 2011 when a China-made MA-60 turboprop crashed into the sea 600 metres short of the Kaimana Airport runway, killing all 21 passengers and six crew aboard.
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