posted on Sep, 5 2005 @ 06:07 PM
In the wake of 5 other airline crashes an Indonesian Passenger Jet crashed shortly after takeoff today after suffering a post-takeoff malfunction.
Investigators were trying to determine what caused the crash, Indonesia's second air disaster in nine months and the sixth worldwide since Aug. 1.
Authorities considered foul play unlikely, but were examining the possibility of human error or technical failure, said airline managing director
Thousands of people, some standing on rooftops and buses, watched as firefighters struggled in a light drizzle to put out a fire that sent up thick
clouds of black smoke. Several houses and dozens of cars and motorcycles were engulfed in flames.
Survivors said the Jakarta-bound Boeing 737-200 started shaking when it reached an altitude of about 100 yards before tilting sharply and smashing to
the ground at 9:40 a.m. Some described a loud bang while the plane was still in flight, followed by a ball of fire.
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This is the 6th crash worldwide of a commercial passenger jet since August 1, 2005, and the second crash in Indonesia. It appears that many of these
plane crashes are due to shoddy maintenance because mechanics are either poorly trained or proper maintenance is not being performed in an effort to
keep planes in the air. The countries of France and Belgium have taken steps to prevent air crashes in their countries by banning all airlines with
poor maintenance records. Something should be done about these practices in these countries, such as building a local FAA to supervise and control
Aircraft worthiness and force these companies to properly maintain their aircraft.
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[edit on 5-9-2005 by Chuck Stevenson]
[edit on 10-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]