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Adam Air Pilots Arrested

Adam's Airlines Pilots Arrested in Connection with February 11, 2006 'Missing Flight' Incident.

(3/27/2006) The Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia reports that officers from the National Police Headquarters (MABES) have formally arrested the pilot and co-pilots of the Adam Air flight that went missing on February 11, 2006 only to have its 145 passengers and crew turn up on a remote Indonesian island, hundreds of miles off course, four hours later.

As reported on [ See: Government Penalizes Adam Air] the case of the missing Adam Air flight happened amidst a nation-wide crackdown on safety standards for Indonesia's rapidly expanding airline industry.

Placed under arrest by the police were Adam Air pilot Tru Nusiyogo and co-pilot Ahmad Deny Syaidfuddin who have been charged with a criminal breach of air safety regulations. The pilots who lost navigational and radio contact on a scheduled Jakarta to Makassar flight before making an emergency landing 4 hours later in a remote area of Sumba island face penalties of up to 5 years in prison for the careless endangerment of the public.

In an earlier move, the Government compelled the Airline to fire a number of its operational directors in connection with the incident.