Runway operations resume at Sulthan Thaha Airport: Airnav Indonesia

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned air navigation firm AirNav Indonesia issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) notifying that runway operations at the Sulthan Thaha Airport had resumed since Sunday.

Take-off and landing operations recommenced at the airport’s runway since 8:45 a.m. local time on Sunday, Airnav Indonesia President Director M. Pramintohadi Sukarno stated.

Operations at the Jambi City-based airport’s runway restarted after the aircraft of Batik Air flight ID-6803 that suffered a technical incident involving its nose gear on Saturday was successfully towed to an apron.

The aircraft, with 117 passengers and six crew members aboard, took off from Jambi for the Soekarno Hatta International Airport on Saturday at 1:28 p.m. local time.

However, shortly after departure, the pilot decided to “return to base” at around 1:51 p.m. local time after encountering issues related to the aircraft’s nose gear, Sukarno revealed.

After landing safely, the Batik Air Flight ID-6803 came to a halt at a position on the Sulthan Thaha Airport’s runway.

All passengers and crew members of the Airbus A320-200, bearing registration number PK-LUT, safely disembarked.

“The aircraft was towed from the runway on Sunday at 6:35 a.m. local time,” Sukarno noted during a press statement that ANTARA quoted here on Monday.

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II had set a target to move the Batik Air flight ID-6803 from the Sulthan Thaha Airport’s runway in Jambi on Sunday.

The airport authority had declared earlier that Batik Air’s aircraft maintenance technicians had worked along with the airport operator to move the aircraft off the runway.

“The required spare parts and evacuation gear are flown from Batam Island aboard an ATR,” Sulthan Thaha Airport’s Executive General Manager, Indra Gunawan, stated.

Meanwhile, Batik Air spokesperson, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, had noted earlier that a pre-flight check was conducted on the plane and was declared to be “airworthy for flight.”

“All checks and inspections have been conducted on the Batik Air Flight ID-6803. It is scheduled to depart (from Jambi’s airport) at 1:00 p.m. local time and arrive at Soekarno Hatta at 2:10 p.m. local time,” he remarked.

Indonesia has often borne witness to fatal aviation accidents over the past five years.

On December 3, 2016, a National Police’s light cargo and passenger plane crashed into the waters of Lingga District in Riau Islands Province.

The M-28 Skytruck, bearing registration number P-4201, had on board 13 people, according to local media reports.

On January 9, 2021, a Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182, carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members, crashed into the ocean near Jakarta.

According to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, the airport authorities lost contact with the flight serving the Jakarta-Pontianak route at around 2:40 p.m. local time.

Last contact was established with the Boeing 737-500 jet at 11 nautical miles north of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after it crossed an altitude of 11 thousand feet and was ascending to 13 thousand feet.

The aircraft, bearing registration number PK-CLC, departed at 2:40 p.m. local time and was scheduled to land at the Supadio Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, at 3:50 p.m. local time.

Source: Antara News

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