11 May '11, 12pm

Jakarta rejects calls to ground planes after crash

Jakarta rejects calls to ground planes after crash

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Wednesday rejected calls for Chinese-made planes operated by state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines to be grounded following a fatal crash at the weekend. An MA-60 turbo-prop plane manufactured by China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation crashed into the sea in eastern Indonesia on Saturday as it was attempting to land in heavy rain, killing all 25 passengers and crew on board. Officials have refused to comment on the cause of the accident, pending the result of ongoing investigations including examination of the black box flight data by Chinese authorities. "We're not barring the Merpati MA-60 planes from flying," Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP. "We're confident of the air-worthiness checks carried out by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities," Ervan said, adding that the audits were in accordance with International...

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