Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Search and Rescue (SAR) Office, in a statement issued here on Saturday, said that it is committed to handling air transportation accidents by collaborating with airport authorities.

The strengthening of collaboration between the SAR Office and airport stakeholders was demonstrated by the office signing a Letter of Operational Coordination Agreement (LOCA) with state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II, which manages Soekarno-Hatta (Soetta) International Airport.

Head of the Jakarta SAR Office, Desiana Kartika Bahari, said that the LOCA covers the duties and responsibilities of both parties. The document aims to increase coordination in search and rescue operations in the event of airplane accidents in the Jakarta SAR Office work area.

According to her, the LOCA follows the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) mandate for SAR operations for airplane accidents.

"This LOCA is an operation coordination agreement in airplane accidents inside and outside airports. This is based on ICAO that says the SAR Office needs to cooperate with airport operators," she explained.

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She said that her side will carry out SAR operations in the event of airplane accidents outside and within airports under the Jakarta work area.

"We will help coordinate airport operator in handling accidents that happen inside the airport, while we will act (as) the coordinator if it happens outside the airport," she expounded.

Besides AP II of Soetta Airport, the Jakarta SAR Office has also inked a LOCA with the Airport Authority Office Area I of Soetta Airport.

Other SAR Offices from Bandung, Banten, Lampung, and Pontianak have also signed a LOCA with the airport authority.

"We signed the document which contains much or less the same content," she said.

Some important aspects of the LOCA include information exchange, data updates on airplanes that need rescue, and support of resources.

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