The Transportation Ministry has announced that 120 passengers, who were left behind at Juwata Tarakan International Airport in North Kalimantan by a Lion Air pilot, following a check-in system failure, have now left on another flight.
Initially, the passengers were to fly to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on Friday morning, but the airline check-in system was down, resulting in late boarding.
The pilot decided to depart with only 86 of the 206 passengers on board.
“I think the pilot has shirked the responsibilities of a transportation [company], leaving behind the passengers, who were still in the middle of being manually checked-in,” the airport head, Hemi Pamuraharjo, said in a statement.
He said the flight could not be categorized as delayed, it was simply a reckless decision by the pilot.
Lion Air flew the passengers at 12.55 p.m. local time and gave the passengers compensation. Meanwhile, the passengers who were originally to be flown out at 12.55 p.m., left at 4 p.m. (bbn)
Courtesy: the Jakarta post