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UPDATED: 13:15, February 27, 2007
Indonesia plans to reshuffle transportation ministry after accident: paper
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The Indonesian government plans a major reshuffle in the Transportation Ministry following deadly sea and air disasters that have killed over 400 people in the last three months, local press said Tuesday.

The directors of air and sea transports will be among those to be replaced, said major national newspaper Kompas, quoting Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa.

"The replacement ceremony will take place in the near future," said the minister.

But Hatta declined to explicitly link the reshuffle with the recent disasters.

The chairman of the National Committee for Transportation Safety also will be replaced, the newspaper said.

A ferry with some 330 people onboard was burned down last week, killing at least 49 people.

In December, the sinking of another ferry that carried 628 people aboard left more than 300 people dead or missing.

On the New Year's Day, a passenger plane went missing with all 102 people onboard. The debris of the Boeing 737-400 belonging to Adam Air has been recovered but the search team had not found the bodies of the passengers.

Last week, another Adam Air plane made a hard landing in Surabaya and broke off its landing gear. The plane's rear section bent down and a large crack occurred at the left wing, but there was no fatality.

Source: Xinhua

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