Government Wants To Set Time Frame For Removal Of Planes In Accidents

>> Wednesday, April 6, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Bernama) -- The government proposes to set a time frame for airline companies to remove their aircraft that have been involved in any accident or mishap at the airports.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said should the airline company face difficulty in moving the aircraft within the stipulated time, the airport would move it away and impose charges on the company.

"Moving an aircraft must be done carefully as the front part of the plane is very sensitive.

"Such an operation is highly supervised to reduce damage to the plane, especially its avionics system which consists of the plane's electronic and communications system," he said in reply to a question from Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) in the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.

Hee had asked about the AirAsia aircraft (flight AK5218) which skidded at the Kuching International Airport (LTAK) due to rain on Jan 10, causing the airport to be closed for 23 hours.

Abdul Rahim said according to Clause 125(3) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1996, the airline was responsible for removing the aircraft following an accident or emergency situation.

"Following that, an analysis was carried out on the incident because currently no action has been taken by the government on AirAsia for refusing to use the services of Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) or other airlines to move its plane," he added.

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