Wednesday 2 July 2008

Is Aircraft Maintenance in Malaysia Sub-standard?

A QANTAS Boeing 737 Aircraft

  • The Newspaper: The Age Newspaper, Melbourne, Australia
  • The Reporter: Ben Schneiders
  • The Date: 2nd July 2008

“A QANTAS aircraft just back from a maintenance overhaul in Malaysia had a string of faults including problems with its navigation systems and rudder.”

See the full story HERE

Thanks to Jeffrey Hardy Quah for the heads-up, his blog is HERE

In addition to this, why have there been so many accidents with light aircraft in Malaysia recently?

An Eagle 150B training aircraft crashed in Ipoh on 26th June 2008, seriously injuring both the flying instructor and the trainee pilot

Aircraft, of various types, including the Eagle 150 B, and the Diamond DA 40 TDI, used by flying schools around Malaysia have been involved in a number of accidents, in Langkawi, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca and Kota Bahru, and, most recently, a private light aircraft crashed in Malacca on 30th June 2008.

Could these crashes be attributed to sub-standard, unsatisfactory maintenance not adhering to maintenance guidelines and not following Airworthiness Directives (AD)?

Unlike in other countries, Air Accident Investigation Reports seem to be 'Secret’ in Malaysia, whilst in most countries they are freely available for the public to study on line.

If any reader knows where to find Malaysian Air Accident Investigation Reports appertaining to aircraft casualties in Malaysia, please inform, via the blog comments, thank you.

Maybe the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) can answer these questions?

Are the above some examples the "Tidak Apa' (so What, Couldn't Care Less, Kiss my Arse) Attitude, which seems to be somewhat ingrained in Malaysia?

If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well!


Anonymous said...

Aircraft cannot fly by its own. Human has got to monitor it. So, if it is not safe to fly, ground it. Do a rectification.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking in the same lines every time I read about our aircrafts falling out of the sky and the loss of lives in their prime. You just took the words out of my mouth.

indignant pilot said...

I've been reading your views on aircraft crashes in malaysia, while i appreciate your point of view and acknowledge that you have the right to said views, i have to disagree. In aviation things happen... i suppose you don't fly yourself? cause as any pilot will tell you.. shit happens and sometimes there is nothing much you can do except to hope and trust in your skill when something does happen. don't blame maintenance all the time. i've had and survived an engine failure in a single engine aircraft. however i don't blame the mechanics or the techs for the incident...

mindful mariner said...

Thanks for your comment.
All points of view are most welcome.

Too true 'shit happens', but is is alarming when there is no way to ascertain the outcome of the crash investigation.

There can, of course, be many things which could lead to an air accident, or any other accident for that matter.

Thanks for reading the blog and taking time to express yor views.