Some Lawmakers Want Transport Minister To Resign
As the copilot of a Lion Air MD-82
(file photo of type, below) was transferred from a hospital in
Kasih Ibu to another in Jakarta, Indonesia, the flight recorders
have been transferred to the US for analysis. And at least one
Indonesian political party demanded an immediate review of aviation
safety standards and regulations.
The aircraft skidded off the runway at Adi Sumarmo
International Airport a week ago, killing as many as 47
passengers. The accident was initially attributed
to heavy rains and the inexplicable notion that the flight crew had
landed with a tailwind of more than ten knots.
The copilot, 33-year old Steven Liesdek, is the chief surviving
witness to the tragedy. But safety investigators will have to wait
for several weeks before they can talk with him about the
"He is not yet stable mentally, as he has suffered a minor
concussion. It will take about a month for him to recover fully,"
Dr. Umar Bahaswan, who treated Liesdek at Kasih Ibu Hospital, told
the Indonesian newspaper, Antara. In addition, he had to undergo
surgery to set both arms, which were broken in the crash.
It was the worst crash Indonesia has seen since 1997 and now,
the National Awakening Party wants the country's House of
Representatives to review rules and standards governing aviation
"We urge the House of Representatives to set up an investigative
team, the results of which can be used as input for reviewing the
Transportation Law," said Rep. Erman Suparno in an interview with
the Jakarta Post. The party blamed the current administration of
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, saying it was the tenth
aviation accident of his first 100 days in office.
"As a gesture of moral responsibility, the minister of
transportation should resign," Erman said.