Mon, 09/12/2011 1:16 PM
Local charter aircraft company Susi Air, whose Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashed in Yahukimo, Papua last week, says the majority of its pilots are not Indonesian.
The crash killed two pilots, Australian David Cootes and Slovakian Thomas Munk.
The company employs 179 pilots, but among these "as many as 175 were hired from other countries," Susi Air president director Susi Pudjiastuti said last week.
She added that Susi Air had become known as a place for foreign pilots to clock up flight hours.
"They usually spend three years here, and then move to another country," Susi said as reported by tribunnews.com.
She added that the company maintained standards in recruiting new pilots, including a minimum requirement of at least 1,000 flight hours.