Minister of Transport to Close Oksibil Airport if Found Not Fit

Indonesian Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan - Suplied
Indonesian Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan – Suplied

Jakarta, Jubi – Minister of Transport Ignatius Jonan said the ministry would close Oksibil airport if it did not meet operational standards.

“If the airport is not feasible, I will close,” Jonan said after a general meeting of members of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (Insa), in Jakarta on Thursday (20/8/2015).

However, according to him, the airport is still feasible to fly since there are dozens of flights flying from and to Oksibil airport.
“Every day there are dozens of flights. It does not matter, there must be standards,” he added.

He further said Trigana Air flight was not a pioneering flight but it was based on a scheduled flight. Today, he continued, the government is focused to evacuate the victims to be returned to their families.

All 54 bodies had arrived at Sentani Airport on Thursday (20/8/2015), at 11.04 am. For the identification process, is carried out at Bayangkara hospital in Jayapura.

Earlier, the director of Air Navigation Ministry of Transportation, Novie Riyanto Rahardjo said Oksibil Airport constraints on the insecurity of electricity, which sometimes dead and lit up.

Therefore, the pilot who flew the plane to the airport in the interior of Papua should be a pilot that has reliably flying hours as only rely on the visual.
“Oksibil Airport radar ie, the ‘primary’ works but the ‘secondary’ is not functioning normally. Currently it is equipped with VHF radio, ‘air to ground’, ‘point to point’ and VOR-NDB navigation, “he said. (*)