ATC Staff Suspended Over QZ8501

Indonesia’s transportation ministry has suspended air traffic control staff and one airport operator for allowing Indonesia AirAsia’s doomed flight QZ8501 to take off without the necessary permits.

Officials claim that the permit for the popular Surabaya-Singapore flight was only for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and that Indonesia AirAsia switched three of those days, with the fatal crash occurring on a Sunday.

The ministry confirmed that the routing permits of all airlines flying in the country will now be examined to check for rule violations.

The crackdown comes as recovery teams continue to search the Java Sea for bodies and wreckage of the A320, which crashed on December 28 killing all 162 passengers and crew on board.

TAGS: Asia Pacific
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