KNKT Forbid Investigation Data Used in Lawsuit against Boeing

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  • Chief of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Comitee (KNKT) talks to reporters in front of  a part of the black box of Lion Air's flight JT610 airplane at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    Chief of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Comitee (KNKT) talks to reporters in front of a part of the black box of Lion Air's flight JT610 airplane at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Transportation Safety Commission or KNKT forbids the use of its investigative reports and data as evidence or basis in courts. Committee official made the statement with regards to the ongoing lawsuit filed against Boeing by the parents of last month's Lion Air crash victim.

    "The investigation results cannot be used as court data. It is only for the purposes of improving safety," Nurcahyo Utomo, the KNKT director of Aviation Accident Investigation, said on Wednesday, November 28.

    Read: KNKT's Report on Lion Air Cannot be Used as Evidence in Court

    Nurcahyo said that the provision is regulated by law. Article 359 of Law no.1/2009 stipulates that (1) The results of the investigation cannot be used as evidence in the judicial process. (2) The results of the investigation is as referred to in paragraph (1), which are not classified as confidential information, and can be made public.

    The parents of Rio Nanda Pratama, a victim of the Lion Air crash, has sued The Boeing Company demanding justice, not only for his son but also all casualties of the accident. Colson Hicks Eidison and Bartlrettchen LCC law firms have been appointed as attorneys and filed charges over the incident.

    According to Miner, the international agreement does not allow investigators from Indonesia to determine who is guilty or responsible for an aircraft accident.

    "They are only allowed to make safety recommendations for the aviation industry in the future," he said.

    Chitra Paramaesti