KNKT urged to report preliminary investigation into Trigana plane crash

KNKT urged to report preliminary investigation into Trigana plane crash

Ignasius Jonan. (ANTARA/R. Rekotomo)

The commission must complete its preliminary report ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has urged the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) to report within a months time the findings of its preliminary investigation into the Trigana aircraft crash, which resulted in 54 deaths.

"The commission must complete its preliminary report regarding its investigation into the crash within a month," he noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA News here on Tuesday.

Jonan stated that the names of those aboard the ill-fated Trigana Air ATR aircraft should basically not be different from those available on the passenger manifest.

In dealing with the passenger manifest issue, the related authorities need to work in tandem, and both the Papua police chief and local airbase commander had vowed to offer help, he remarked.

"The Trigana Air authority has promised to effectively solve matters related to the victims insurance. Perhaps, the issue of passenger names differing from those listed on the passenger manifest can be resolved, but it will bring shame to Indonesia," he emphasized.

Meanwhile, KNKT Chief Tatang Kurniadi affirmed that no foreign nationals were onboard the aircraft, which crashed during its flight from Jayapura to Oksibil on Sunday.

"All people aboard the aircraft were Indonesians. Therefore, we do not need to report the results of our investigation to other countries," he pointed out.

In another development, the search and rescue (SAR) team located the fuselage at the crash site of Trigana flight number IL 267, National SAR Agencys Chief Marshall Bambang Soelistyo noted.

(Reported by Juwita Trisna Rahayu/Uu.R013/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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