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Indonesian pilot sentenced to 2 years for crash

Indonesian pilot sentenced to 2 years for crash

An Indonesian pilot was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for a 2007 jetliner crash that killed 21 people.
Capt. Marwoto Komar was approaching the Yogyakarta runway at almost double the normal speed when his Garuda Boeing 737-400 careered into a rice paddy and burst into flames.
He is accused of disregarding repeated alerts indicating it was not safe to land _ including at least one by his co-pilot urging him to circle around again.
"His negligence caused loss of life," presiding judge Sri Andini told the packed Sleman District Court as he handed down the two-year prison sentence.
Komar _ who together with the co-pilot and 117 others survived the crash _ blamed mechanical problems and said he would appeal.
Among the dead and injured were Australian diplomats, police, military personnel and journalists who were following a visit by Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to the city in central Java.
Indonesia has been hit by a string of deadly plane crashes since 2005. Experts say poor maintenance, rule-bending and a shortage of properly trained pilots may contribute to the sprawling country's poor aviation safety record.
A military plane with six people on board crashed into an airport hangar in the city of Bandung in rainy weather Monday, but it was not immediately clear if anyone died. Ambulances were at the scene.


Updated : 2021-10-17 07:40 GMT+08:00