JAKARTA - The Indonesian government said Wednesday it banned local airliners from purchasing passenger plane Boeing 737-200s due to many serious accidents involving the type of aircraft. "The government no longer permits airliners to import that kind of plane, and all kinds of planes whose flight cycles have reached 50,000 or have attained the age of 32 years," Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.
The minister said he has ordered thorough investigation on all Boeing 737-200s operated by local airliners. The latest accident involving a Boeing 737-200s occurred last year when the Mandala Airline plane crashed only minutes after taking-off from the Polonia Airport in North Sumatra. The accident killed at least 110 passengers and some people on the ground.