But it doesn't stop there, we also hear that licenses and schedules of all airlines flying in the country are to be examined, will be examined for rule violation, according to Djoko Murjatmodjo, acting director general, air transportation. Clearly not a happy man and admits they should have been on top of regulatory matters.
Searchers meanwhile combatting bad weather and mid monsoon season continue to grid search the Java Sea for bodies and wreckage of the Airbus A320 that vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28th, killing all 162 passengers and crew on board.
Air Asia QZ8501 was flying between Surabaya, and Singapore on a Sunday. And should not have been in the air. The Air Asia Permits held by the Malaysian franchise of the Air Asia Group had been changed and was only authorised for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and that Air Asia held onto the previous airport landing and take off slots in effect swapping the days around. These of course are allegations and we will have to wait for the outcome of all investigations.
Amid the conflicting reports it remained unclear whether AirAsia had current paperwork allowing them to fly the Surabaya to Singapore route on Dec. 28, but officials in Singapore have said the plane was authorized to fly on Sundays from their end.
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