Toronto Star

Vanished jet latest incident for Malaysia


The disappeara­nce of an AirAsia jet en route from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday is the latest air incident for Indonesia, which has struggled with its air safety record. The sprawling archipelag­o nation of 250 million people is one of Asia’s most rapidly expanding airline markets, but is struggling to provide enough qualified pilots, mechanics, air traffic controller­s and updated airport technology to ensure safety. Here’s a look at some of the past incidents.

April 2013: A brand new Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air crashes off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, slamming into the ocean short of the runway. All 108 people on board survived, with no serious injuries.

May 2012: A Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet-100 slams into a volcano during a demonstrat­ion flight in Indonesia, killing all 45 people on board. Informatio­n recovered from the plane’s cockpit voice-and-flightdata recorders indicated the pilot in command was chatting with a potential buyer in the cockpit just before the plane slammed into dormant Mount Salak in West Java province.

January 2007: A Boeing 737 operated by Indonesia’s Adam Air vanishes on New Year’s Day on a domestic flight from Surabaya to Manado with 102 people aboard. Parts of the tail and other debris are found several days later.

September 2005: A flight from Indonesia’s now-defunct Mandala Airlines is headed from Medan in north Sumatra to Bali when the plane crashes into a heavily populated residentia­l area seconds after taking off, killing 149 people. The fatalities included 100 people aboard the plane and 49 on the ground. Seventeen people on the plane survived.

January 1995: A flight operated by Indonesia-based Merpati Nusantara Airlines disappears over open water while flying between islands in the archipelag­o nation. The plane, 14 passengers and crew were never found.

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