The Jakarta Globe reports:
‘The Sriwijaya Air plane, carrying 96 passengers and six crew, was meant to land at Minangkabau International airport in the city of Padang, but instead descended to the Tabing air force base some 12 kilometers (seven miles) away.
“This incident was very serious and very dangerous for passenger safety as [the plane] landed at a wrong airport,” ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said, adding that a probe by the aviation safety watchdog is underway.
“For the time being we won’t allow him to fly and he is expected to give an explanation to the aviation safety department,” he said.’
Minangkabau Airport officials are also under investigation as to why they let him land somewhere else without any apparent questioning.
Indonesia has a checkered aviation safety record, with several deadly crashes over recent years across the massive archipelago where air travel is essential to reach outlying areas.