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Government Penalizes Adam Air

After 'Misplacing' 145 Passengers and Crew for Nearly Four Hours, Government Administers Sanctions on Indonesian Budget Carrier.

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As reported on [See: Adam Air Offers Surprise Bonus Destinations], Indonesian budget carrier Adam Air raised fundamental questions on the safety of civil aviation and the integrity of Indonesian air space when it managed to "lose," for nearly four hours, a Boeing 737-300 and its entire complement of 145 passengers and crew on Saturday, February 11, 2006. During a routine flight from Jakarta to Makassar, the pilot lost both radio and navigation capabilities, eventually landing his aircraft on the distant island of Sumba, some 900 miles away from his original destination.

As a result, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, Hatta Rajasa, issued an order mandating the replacement of 3 Adam Air Directors, stopping short of revoking the operating licenses of the fast-growing airline. The three director fired by the Airline held direct operational responsibilities in technical and safety areas of Adam Air.

No announcement has yet been made regarding the professional fate of the plane's pilot. In a separate case, the Directorate General of Air Transportation, however, did revoke the flight license of a Batavia Air Captain who skidded off a runway in Borneo last week, pending a full safety review of the incident.

Full Speed Ahead for Adam Air

Undeterred by recent events, Adam Air confirmed last week an order for 30 Airbus 320 airplanes worth a total nearing US$2 billion. The aircraft, due to begin arriving into the Airline's fleet in 2007, will be used to replace Adam Air's aging collection of Boeing 737s and allow a expansion of flight routes both domestically and internationally.

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