The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disaster serves as a warning for aviation safety regulators, not only in Indonesia but worldwide.
Four minutes after taking off from Jakarta in heavy rain on January 9, the Boeing 737-500 nosedived into the ocean, killing all 62 passengers and crew. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
The tragedy has naturally raised questions about Indonesia’s air safety standards. Over the past decade, the nation has done much to improve them. But more still remains to be done. As commercial aviation recovers from its Covid stall, regulators will need to focus on aviation safety to ensure the progress is not reversed.
Indonesia’s commercial civil aviation sector has experienced explosive growth in the past two decades, with the number of passengers increasing from 10 million in 2000 to 115 million in 2018.
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