10 Aug 2009

Papua crash prompts plea to Indonesian government

3:03 pm on 10 August 2009

The head of Merpati Nusantara Airlines has issued a plea to the Indonesian government to help prevent such accidents such the most recent crash in the mountains of Papua.

According to the Jakarta Globe, 15 people died in the Merpati crash, including 12 passengers.

The Merpati director, Bambang Bhakti, says they described the pilots who took on these flights as heroes because of the terrain they flew in.

He says the airline has tried its best to increase safety, but hasn't been able to avoid accidents like this.

The Indonesian transportation ministry is looking at altering the air routes in Papua.

It is also considering installing a satellite system so that all airlines in the province can monitor their planes.