Disappointing report


PROFESSOR Oetarjo Diran spoke to DERWIN PEREIRA and Singapore reporters in Jakarta after presenting his report to Indonesian Transport Minister Agum Gumelar.

Q: What was your meeting with Singaporean families like?

A: I knew they were very upset. They did not get the report they were hoping for. It was hard for me. I think I disappointed them.

Q: Are you satisfied with the results of the investigation?

A: I am not happy with the results of the investigation. We could not find the answers to the crash that would prevent other accidents in the future.

This was a unique investigation.

Of the 16 to 25 accidents I have investigated to date, it was the hardest because we could not get all the data. It was like mission impossible.

Q: Will the investigations continue if there’s new evidence?

A: If there is any new evidence, I will reopen the case. We have to anticipate new angles to the crash … The mystery of this crash is hidden in the 27 per cent of wreckage we have not recovered.

Q: Could pilot suicide have been the cause of the crash?

A: We have no solid evidence to suggest that human error was responsible. (When the reporter repeated the question, Prof Diran said: “The pilot suicide is something you have said.”)

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