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Jakarta to provide 100 free public buses The Jakarta Provincial Administration plans to provide 100 free city buses to reduce the use of private vehicles and to ease traffic congestion in the city. "This program is aimed to lessen the use of private vehicles, especially motorcycles," Acting Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaya Purnama stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2014 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta proposes to construct three underpasses The Jakarta provincial administration plans to build underground crossing tunnels in several locations in the capital city to ease off pedestrian traffic at street crossings, Governor Joko Widodo stated here on Friday. "We will build tunnels in three locations. Hopefully, the construction can start within this year," the governor noted.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 09 May 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


32 people treated at Bantul hospital due to Kelud eruption Thirty-two people have received treatment at the PKU Muhammadiyah hospital in Bantul, Yogyakarta, due to the ill effects of the Mount Kelud eruption in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least Rp2 trillion needed to repair battered roads At least Rp2.12 trillion would be needed for the repair of roads battered by heavy flooding and landslides all over the Indonesia. The cost is for emergency repairs around Rp510.32 billion and permanent repairs around Rp1.517 trillion, highway construction director general Djoko Murjanto said here.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 January 2014 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG warns of high waves in Arafura Sea The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) office in Ambon has warned Aru Islands residents to be on the alert for three-metre-high waves from the Arafura Sea, which are likely to hit the district's coasts between October 31 and November 5.

Posted in Weather @ 30 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 900 people killed in accidents during Lebaran A total of 908 fatalities from road accidents have been recorded across the country during the traffic Ketupat Operation 2012, according to a national police spokesman.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Red-cross running short of blood' Chief Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono has said the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), particularly the Jakarta office, is running short of supplies of blood due to the decreasing number of blood donors during the fasting month.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


90 % of road accidents caused by negligence Some 90 percent of road accidents were caused by negligence, Dr Yosafra, a public transportation expert from the University of Andalas (Unand), said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 holiday travelers killed in traffic accidents in North Sumatra At least 14 persons, homebound for the Lebaran festival, have been killed in 64 traffic accidents that have taken place in Medan in north Sumatra in the last four days, a police report said on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


88 already die in traffic accidents ahead of Idul Fitri A total of 88 people have died due to traffic accidents several days before the fall of the post fasting Idul Fitr holiday later this week, the police said here on Monday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 August 2012 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to build three hospitals for workers The public housing ministry will build three hospitals for workers in the Jabodetabek industrial area this year. "We are going to build three hospitals in the Jabodetabek. The funds and the design are available," Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz said here Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2012 08:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Organda demands conversion kit safety guarantee The Organization of Land Transportation Operators (Organda) has asked for the safety guarantee of converter kits to be used in public transport.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2012 08:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus plunges into ravine in West Java, killing 11 At least eleven people were killed on late Wednesday evening when a passenger bus was involved in an accident in West Java, Indonesian authorities said on Thursday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 February 2012 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stampede kills 8, injures 60 aboard Indonesian ship A passenger ship carrying more than 750 people caught fire off of East Java in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, officials said, causing a deadly stampede among the passengers.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2011 15:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter crash in south-central Indonesia kills 2 Two people were killed on early Sunday afternoon when a helicopter chartered by a mining company crashed in south-central Indonesia, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2011 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


433 dead in exodus road accidents The National Command Post for Idul Fitri reported that hundreds of people died in road accidents related to the annual homecoming exodus. "According to data from the police traffic corps, 433 people died in road accidents," National Command Post head Hotma Simanjuntak said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 September 2011 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Passenger bus plunges into ravine, killing 3 At least three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in East Java in Indonesia, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 05:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia road accidents kill almost 60,000 each year Traffic accidents in Indonesia kill tens of thousands each year, and Indonesian Vice President Boediono has now launched Road Safety Decade 2011-2020 in an effort to bring that number down, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 June 2011 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead after Indonesian boat capsizes At least 17 people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the Indonesian island of Kalimantan, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police: parcel bombs from outside Jakarta Indonesian police on Tuesday said the series of parcel bombs that have targeted different areas of the country's capital, Jakarta, might have been sent from outside the city.

Posted in Crime @ 29 March 2011 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, one injured in explosion in East Java, Indonesia An explosion on Friday left one person dead and several injured in a market in East Java, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 March 2011 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, many injured in chaos in Aceh after tsunami rumor One person on Friday died and many were injured in the chaos that stemmed from tsunami rumors in Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2011 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano sends ash clouds in the sky The height of the ash clouds that are exhausted by the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait now reach heights up to 1200 meters. This is not very unusual for the volcano, but does show that the volcano is still very active. The ash cloud is currently blown into southern direction, towards the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 January 2011 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Christmas celebrations peaceful around the country The National Police say Christmas has so far been celebrated peacefully across the country, with no major incidents disrupting the festivities. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said there had been hitherto no security issues since Christmas masses had begun on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains hit Yogyakarta city after latest eruption After the most recent eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java, the city of Yogyakarta was hit by ash rains. Houses and streets in a large part of the city are now covered in a thin layer of grayish white ash which measures several millimeters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 October 2010 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KRI Banjarmasin handed over to Indonesian Navy State shipbuilder PT PAL handed over a new warship to the Defense Ministry on Saturday and will produce a more sophisticated combat vessel, Antara news agency reported. The construction of the KRI Banjarmasin is part of a program to rejuvenate the Indonesian Navy fleet. Financial constraints have forced the Navy to keep many aging vessels operating, leaving them vulnerable to accidents.

Posted in Military @ 29 November 2009 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fifteen dead in Halmahera boat accident High waves have caused a wooden boat to sink in the waters of the island of Halmahera in North Maluku. 15 passengers were killed in the accident while 15 others are still missing, according to the Indonesian navy. 29 of the 59 passengers and crew on board of the boat were rescued soon after the boat went down Monday late in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2009 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 200 killed in Idul Fitri traffic A spokesperson of the national police said Saturday that at least 184 people have been killed in homecoming traffic rush in the six days prior to the Idul Fitri holiday. National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Nanan Sukarna told a press conference in Jakarta that at least 466 traffic accidents have occurred less than a week before the holiday.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 September 2009 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to scare the shit out of people Plane crashes normally are breaking news across the world because of their sudden nature and the often high numbers of casualties involved in that kind of accidents. Reporting such events - and others that are also causing worldwide news - should be handled with care. However it is not always that easy to select the information and images going with them. Making a mistake in a hurry is nothing uncommon as well.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke affects South Sumatra and Kalimantan regions A thick smoke, caused by forest fires, covers Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and is getting even thicker now. The visibility in some areas of the city is less than 50 meters. Residents of Palangkaraya hope for any rain to come soon, some even held an exceptional istisqo prayer, in which one asks for rain.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 September 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of bolts stolen near Purwokerto station Dozens of bolts and safety hooks used on train tracks have been stolen in the area around the Purwokerto train station located in Central Java. The Mobile Brigade of Banyumas checked the entire length of the track and soon discovered the theft. It is most likely that the bolts and hooks were stolen to be sold as scrap iron.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU lifts travel ban for some Indonesian carriers The European Union (EU) has lifted its restriction on four Indonesian air carriers from entering its territory, Director of Air Transport of Indonesian Transport Ministry Herry Bakti quoted EU ambassador to Indonesia Julian Wilson as saying here on Tuesday. The four carriers are leading carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast Indonesia and Prime Air, Bakti said. All of them have potential to open routes to Europe, according to the ministry.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2009 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo-like mud eruption occurs in Serang A so-called mud volcano, which resembles the large 'Lapindo' mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java, has emerged in Serang, Banten province. The geyser-like structure exhausts sand mixed with mud as high as ten meters and also spreads a bad odor.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 June 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five natural gas leaks appear in Banyumas rice paddies Natural gas leaks have sprung up in the village of Karang Lewas, in the district of Banyumas in Central Java. At the moment there are five locations where natural gas appears from the earth, where earlier this morning there were only two locations. Local police has taped off the areas concerned to prevent accidents from happening as hundreds of villagers gather around the gas leaks as a free form of entertainment.

Posted in Environment @ 12 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to shut down all airlines with under 10 planes Indonesia will shut down all airlines that do not have at least 10 planes by 2012, a Transportation Ministry official says. The new regulation is part of efforts to improve the country's safety record following a string of deadly accidents including a Garuda Indonesia plane crash at Yogyakarta airport in March 2007 that killed 21 people, including five Australians.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends operation of MD-90 planes Indonesian Transport Ministry has grounded all McDonnell Douglas MD-90 operated by budget airline of Lion Airline following two accidents in two weeks, Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said here Wednesday. The accidents came as Indonesia is struggling to improve air safety, expecting the European Union to lift its travel ban on Indonesia in March or July.

Posted in General @ 12 March 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives 3 Sukhoi jets from Russia The Indonesian military received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in an effort to boost defense capacity following a series of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft, the Jakarta Post said. The country now has totally 7 Sukhoi fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme.

Posted in Military @ 02 February 2009 01:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU welcomes Indonesia's new aviation law The European Union on Thursday welcomed the adoption of a new Indonesian aviation law which introduces stricter safety regulations on Indonesian airliners. The EU has banned 51 Indonesian airliners, including leading carrier Garuda, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a series of air accidents that had claimed more than 300 lives.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2008 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU extends flight ban on Indonesian airlines The European Union (EU) has extended flight restriction on Indonesian airliners at its recent meeting in Brussels of Belgium, Indonesian Transport Ministry said here Tuesday. The group has forbidden all 51 Indonesian airliners, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a rampant air accidents that claimed more than 300 of lives.

Posted in General @ 26 November 2008 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty-five feared dead in sandslide in Sulawesi At least 25 sand miners were feared dead in a sandslide Thursday in Sulawesi Island, eastern Indonesia, said Indonesia's Health Ministry. Head of crisis center of the ministry Rustam Pakaya said the accident occurred when the miners were collecting sand in a local sand mine. "A huge amount of sand came down and buried the 25 people yesterday afternoon," he told.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2008 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia records 295 deaths during Lebaran exodus Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, recorded 295 deaths from a total of 695 traffic accidents during the fast-breaking festival exodus this year, The Jakarta Post on Friday quoted Indonesian National Police as saying. "As many as 631 were badly injured while the number of those suffering from light injuries are 631," said National Police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira, citing the police's log between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 October 2008 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry carrying 700 in Indonesia catches fire An Indonesian TV station says an inter-island ferry carrying more than 700 passengers and crew has caught fire on the Mentaya river on Borneo island. District chief Wahyudi Anwar told MetroTV that rescuers have pulled 10 survivors from a river outside the town of Sampit, around 800 kilometers northeast of the capital Jakarta. The status of other passengers was not immediately clear.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 May 2008 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of 'Trans Nusa Highway' to be kicked off soon The National Road Building Agency for Indonesia's 8th District will soon begin realizing the construction and upgrading of 3,000 kilometers of major road stretching from Bali's western port of Gilimanuk to Atambua in West Timor. The entire road project, scheduled to get underway in March 2008, will cost Rp. 730 billion (54.3 million euro), allocated to be paid from the 2008 State Budget.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main road Medan-Banda Aceh in terrible condition Damage to the westernmost main road between Medan and Banda Aceh, which runs via Subulussalam, is getting worse. Over a length of some 15 kilometers the road is full of potholes with depths between 10 centimeters and one meter. A part of the road sides has been badly damaged by landslides as well. This results in many accidents which have already claimed numerous victims.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2008 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New gas leaks emerge near Sidoarjo mud flow Quite a big number of gas leaks has emerged in the area of Siring Barat in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. The government body which handles the Sidoarjo mud flow (BPLS) has started working on these gas leaks to prevent accidents from happening. BPLS has forbidden residents to light a fire near the leaks or to use the gas as a place for cooking as it can be very dangerous. The local leader of BPLS, Ahmad Zulkarnaen, was given this information when he brought a visit to one of the new gas leaks in the sub-district of Siring Barat.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 January 2008 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 60 dead in landslides in Karanganyar district, central Java At least 61 people were killed and 36 others went missing after rain-triggered landslides hit Tawangmangu district at Karanganyar regency of Central Java province on Wednesday, disaster management agency said. An official of the agency at the field Anggit M.S. told that rescuers, comprising soldiers, police and personnel from the national rescue agency, were searching those missing under the buried houses.

Posted in Weather @ 26 December 2007 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia recommends not purchasing Airbus after ban Indonesia has recommended the airlines in the country should not buy Airbus plane as long as the European Union (EU)'s ban on the country's airlines from entering the group's territory is still in place, Transport Minister JusmanSyafii Djamal said here Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2007 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Holiday traffic kills 112 people in Indonesia Holiday traffic has killed 112 people and wounded another 144 others during accidents throughout the country since October 6, according to police. Most deadly road accidents took place in the provinces of Central Java, East Java and North Sumatra. Chief of the Indonesian police Public Information Service, Bambang Kuncoko, said. "Although the death toll has exceeded 100, in general traffic is relatively safe for holidaymakers for Muslims' Idul Fitri," said the spokesman on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces new airline ban in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has said it is considering a ban on Indonesian airlines from flying to the country for safety reasons. This news comes just after a newly instated ban in the European Union was announced for similar reasons. That ban came after two major air accidents in the archipelago earlier this year.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2007 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia revokes licenses for four unsafe airlines Indonesia has revoked licenses of four airlines and has suspended five others in an effort to improve safety following a series of crashes and other accidents, told the Ministry of Transport. Last March, the government released the results of an audit on the safety standards of local airlines. That found that none of them fully complied with Civil Aviation regulations on safety.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2007 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda plane returns to airport after 'buzzing sound' heard A Garuda Indonesia plane with almost 250 passengers aboard returned to the airport of Surabaya shortly after take-off because the pilot heard a "buzzing noise", according to a report. The plane had departed from the airport just 15 minutes earlier and was heading for Singapore when the pilot decided to turn around, as was told by a company official. "The pilot decided to return back as the buzzing noise disrupted his concentration," said Sudjoko Dalijo, a Garuda manager in Surabaya.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 May 2007 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two trains derail in Indonesia on one day Two trains derailed in two separate accidents in Java on Saturday. At least 50 people were injured according to reports in the local media. One of the accidents occurred in the area of Garut in West Java. A train derailment there injured around 50 people, some of them seriously, when a number of cars derailed.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 April 2007 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Airports do not meet international safety standards Only half of Indonesia's 19 major airports comply with international safety standards. This was said by a top government transport official yesterday The statement further fuels fears about the national aviation industry. Just one day after the United States advised it's residents not to use Indonesian airlines after a series of deadly accidents the official said that some airports were lacking proper runways and air traffic control systems.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 12:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 new ferries to be build before 2009 The government is planning to build 15 ferries until 2009, so old ones can be replaced. This was announced by a transportation official on Wednesday. "The program will hopefully improve people's confidence in sea transportation," N.M. Teweng said, he is the spokesman of the Transportation Ministry's transportation system division. He presented a meeting on West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) development planning taking place in Mataram April 16-19.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to buy 25 new Boeing 737-800 planes Garuda Indonesia has signed a deal with Boeing to buy 25 737-800 planes with a total value of around US$ 1 billion. This was announced by the chief executive of the airline earlier today. It is aiming to replace it's aging fleet. Emirsyah Satar didn't give an exact value of the deal, but he told at a news conference that new passenger planes of this type are typically priced between US$35 and 40 million.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2007 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Six airlines given three months to improve The Transport Ministry has given three months time to six airlines to improve safety standards of face closure. The six airlines that were placed in the warning list are Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Jatayu, Batavia, Trans Wisata Air and Dirgantara. Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the director general of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry, said that an audit of 54 aviation firms revealed that not one of them made it to the first of three classes.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airline ratings to be announced this week The government will announce the results of an audit on Indonesia's airliners this week, as was told by the general aviation chief earlier today. The audit came after immense pressure to improve air safety following a series of accidents in the last months.The team, set up by the government to evaluate transport safety, has recommended that airliners found to have violated safety regulations to be closed.

Posted in General @ 20 March 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Airliners may be shut down after accidents The Indonesian government may close airliners after a series of accidents that killed hundreds of people, this was said by Vice President Jusuf Kalla yesterday. "Whoever can not meet the regulations will face sanction, including the liquidation of the company," Kalla told a press briefing at his office in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New regulations on operational ship's age upcoming The Transportation Department will continue their efforts to implement new regulations to limit the age of operational ships in Indonesia to a maximum of 25 years, as was told by a spokesman. "But the policy will be applied in a flexible way," M. Harijogi, director general of sea transportation, said here earlier on Monday. The policy would be executed with consideration of a ship's actual condition and the way it as been maintained.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2007 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in ferry fire At least 15 people have died in a fire earlier today on a ferry which was located in Jakarta Bay. A navy official reported that the fire was extinguished and that the 300 odd passengers were in the proces of being evacuated from the ferry. The Levina I was en route to Bangka Island, near Sumatra, when it caught fire just after dawn, 80 kilometers from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta's port. The fire has probably started in a truck parked on the car deck.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 February 2007 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia flood toll rises to 85 Floods which have inundated at least three Indonesian provinces including the capital Jakarta for more than a week have claimed 85 lives, officials said on Sunday. Nearly half a million people are still unable to return to their homes. The death toll rose by five after more deaths in West Java, said an official at the national disaster agency.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead in train accident Central Java A crowded car of an Indonesian passenger train derailed and plunged into a dry river bed early Tuesday morning, killing five people and leaving dozens of others with mostly minor injuries, police said. A 3-year-old child was among those who died in the accident near the Central Javanese town of Purokerto, said police Sgt. Sunaryro.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Hundreds found alive after ferry sinks off Java Bloated bodies washed up along Indonesia's coastline days after a ferry sank in stormy weather leaving 400 people missing, but rescue teams refused to give up hope with survivors still being found in life-rafts, some desperately waving their arms. Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said Monday nearly 200 had been found alive and vowed to keep up search and rescue efforts for at least a week, as an air force plane dropped food and water to some survivors stranded in the Java Sea.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air flight loses contact over Java Sea A passenger plane lost contact with flight controllers Monday as it flew between Java and Sulawesi islands, officials said. Aviation authorities are unable to contact Adam Air flight KI-774, Gunawan Suherman, Adam Air's chief executive, told The Associated Press.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


More saved, hundreds missing after Indonesia ferry sinks More survivors from an Indonesian ferry sinking were brought ashore early on Monday, but hundreds were still missing and victims' bodies were scattered along beaches stretching for many miles of Java's coastline. By late Sunday Indonesian rescuers had found nearly 180 survivors from the ferry that went down in stormy seas around midnight on Friday with close to 700 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia, Malaysia to beef up security in Malacca Straits Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday agreed to strengthen their maritime cooperation to tighten security in the Malacca Strait due to several accidents in the waters between the two countries recently, Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here. Minister Sudarsono made the statement in a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Tun Najib Razak after days of regular meeting between the armed forces of the countries.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans purchase of Boeing 737-200s 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.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Train collision due to human error The head-on collision between two trains leaving at least 13 people dead and 26 others injured in Grobogan district, Indonesia's Central Java province, early Saturday morning was caused by human error, Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa said. "However, we have to wait for the outcome of a further investigation by the National Committee on Transportation Accidents (KNKT) for a more detailed explanation of what caused the accident," Antara news agency quoted the minister as saying during a visit to the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 April 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 25 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Java train crash kills 14, injures 12 Two trains collided in Central Java province on Saturday killing 14 people and injuring 12, police said. The early-morning accident occurred when two trains bound from Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia's second city, collided, a police official at Gubug near the crash site said.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 13:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


 Hospitals prepare for Idul Fitri A senior government official has required all hospitals and community health centers on main roads in Central Java to remain open 24 hours a day before and after the Idul Fitri holiday. The circular had been sent to all hospitals and community health centers and they are enjoined to do their best to handle any cases related to the Idul Fitri exodus, notably vehicular accidents, said Central Java Health Office chief Budihardja.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 October 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


200 feared dead in Indonesia sea accident As many as 200 people were feared dead days after a ferry capsized in rough seas off eastern Indonesia, a rescue official said Sunday. The 150-ton KMP Digul sank Thursday night off the coast of Papua province while heading from the port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah, about 124 miles to the north, said Sumpeno Juono of the local Search and Rescue agency.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2005 13:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to look into state railway company after string of accidents Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Sunday the government has sent two senior officials to look into various problems in the state-run railway company in the wake of frequent railway accidents. Kalla made the remarks when attending the National Family Day and the World Population Day here on Sunday morning.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2005 15:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts look for clues as death toll tops 26 Dozens of experts were sifting through the wreckage of passenger plane Lion Air on Wednesday in search of clues in the deadly crash in Surakarta, Central Java as the death toll rose to 26. Up until Wednesday evening, the plane's black box had not been found, leading authorities and airline staff to theorize that bad weather had caused the accident, the country's worst in the past seven years.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby among ten dead at level crossing Ten women travelling to an Islamic Koran recital and a baby were killed today when a passenger train hit a utility at a level crossing in Indonesia, police said. Another woman and a small girl were in hospital with serious injuries after the accident in the Talun district of East Java province. The train was travelling from Surabaya to Blitar when it hit the truck on an unguarded crossing. The ute's driver escaped with minor injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta roads offer freedom for F1 wannabes Neither the traffic or the potholes can stop some Jakartans from speeding, and with the police turning a blind eye to the problem speeding motorists have turned some roads in the capital into their own private race tracks. Of the 295,003 tickets issued by the Jakarta Police from January to July, surprisingly not a single one was for speeding. The highway patrol can often be seen cruising along the toll roads, but they are also seemingly uninterested in citing speeding drivers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Customers to pay fee for routine electrical inspection Households in the Greater Jakarta area will have to pay a fee of Rp 40,000 to Rp 60,000 (about EUR 5,40), starting next month, for a routine check on their domestic electrical supply to help maintain safety, an official said. "Incorrect installation of electrical facilities can cause accidents, including fire. A routine check on the facility can protect customers," Johnny Simandjuntak, operational director at the Directorate General of Electricity said on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck rolls into wedding party in Ambarawa, killing 17 A driver-less truck loaded with cement rolled backward into a wedding party on Indonesia's Java island, killing 17 guests and injuring 12 others, police said Monday. The driver was repairing the truck when it overran wooden chocks placed behind its wheels and slid 20 meters (65 feet) down a slight hill into the party on Sunday, said Capt. Kusnoto, who goes by a single name.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus crash kills 14 in Sumatra A passenger bus slammed into a minibus on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing 14 people, including a 1-year-old baby, police said Tuesday. The accident occurred late Monday in the town of Lampung, about 300 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Jakarta, Lampung police chief Maj. Eriyadi Wibowo. Wibowo said the 14 passengers killed were on the minibus, and that victims included a 1-year-old baby.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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