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UPDATED: 20:45, March 16, 2007
Indonesia may shut airliners after series of accidents
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Indonesia may close airliners after the series of accidents that killed hundreds of people, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Friday.

Last Week, a Garuda Indonesia plane-200 with 140 people on board overshot the runway in Yogyakarta province and burst into flames, killing 21 people including five Australians. Earlier, in January a plane of budget airliner Adam Air with more than 100 people on board lost in the waters of Central of Indonesia.

"Whoever can not meet the regulations will face sanction, including the liquidation of the company," Kalla told a press briefing here at his office.

The vice president said that warning, the closure or suspended of the company's license would be imposed based on how serious the breaching an operator from the rules.

He said that a team of experts set up by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono following the rampant transport accidents earlier this year would announce the result of its audit on airliners soon.

The team has called to revamp the country's aviation industry.

Last week, investigators questioned the pilot of the crashed Garuda plane to find out whether the accident was triggered by human error.

On Monday the team said it found very weak safety standards in commercial aviation in Indonesia since years ago.

Spokesman of the team Oetarjo Diran said that the insecure in the aviation had occurred since 2001 after the deregulation in the aviation which triggered to emerge some budget airliners with low safety standard.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has vowed commitment to revamp the aviation industry.

Spokesman of the team said that the team had found latent failure weaknesses in the transport system, "The weaknesses are found in all transport system, including air, marine and land transport."

Minister Hatta Rajasa has said that some operators of the aviation had not obeyed regulations.

Indonesia has suffered from rampant airline accidents for the last 10 years, claiming thousands of lives.

Plane is a favorable transport mean, connecting about 170,000 islands sprawl across the world fourth most populous nation with 120 million population.

Source: Xinhua

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