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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Aviastar Mandiri Accident Update

741 - DHC-6-300 PK-BRM PT Aviastar Mandiri, Jakarta

Updating the blog entry for 02-Oct-2015; search teams located the aircraft wreckage 05-Oct-2015 on the slope of Mount Latimojong, at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet. There were no survivors. The recovered bodies of passengers and crew were handed over to family on 07-Oct-2015 and 08-Oct-2015 respectively. 

Indonesian press reports of 08-Oct-2015 indicate the aircraft was off course by approximately 15 nm taking it over an area of Mount Latimojong which would require a minimum safe altitude of 10,000+ feet.

In other events, the Indonesian Transport Ministry has suspended Aviastar Mandiri's scheduled operations certificate, as they do not meet the "minimum number of aircraft operated" requirement. Indonesia, like some other developing countries, requires scheduled air carriers to possess a minimum number of aircraft in order to be certified. This suspension is not related to the most recent Twin Otter accident, and was likely only determined by the Indonesian regulator as a result of the Aviastar operation being under additional scrutiny.

Aviastar Mandiri may continue non-scheduled operations (only) with aircraft having a seating capacity of less than 30 passengers.