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Merpati audit recommends ban of MA-60 aircraft from three airports
25 May 2011

A special audit  of Merpati Nusantara Airlines following a recent fatal accident resulted in the ban of MA-60 aircraft from three Indonesian airports.

On May 7, 2011 a Xian MA-60 turboprop plane, opertated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines, crashed into the sea while on approach to Kaimana, Indonesia. All 25 on board were killed. Four days later, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced that they would conduct a special audit of the airline.

Following the audit, it was concluded that the MA-60 meets airworthiness standards and is safe to be operated. Also, the  aircraft were maintained in accordance with the maintenance programme.
However, the Ministry of Transportation recommended to no longer operate the MA-60 to Ende (ENE/WATE), Waingapu (WGP/WADW) and Ruteng (RTG/WATG). Approaches into these airports are considered difficult.

The audit further revealed a certain level of indiscipline in cases were pilots for instance carried out approaches and landings in below-minima weather conditions. The Ministry  recommended additional training for 77 MA-60 flight crew members.

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