Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter
|Hubs||Polonia International Airport|
|Parent company||Merpati Nusantara Airlines|
Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) was an airline based in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. It operates scheduled and charter domestic/regional passenger and cargo services, as well as pleasure and medevac flights. Its main base is Polonia International Airport, Medan. SMAC is listed in category 2 by Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority for airline safety quality.
The airline was established and started operations in 1969 in a joint venture partnership with a Malaysian company with the name MAC (Malaysia Air Charter). In 1972 it split from MAC and adopted the current name. It is wholly owned by Merukh Enterprises.
The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has suspended SMAC's air operating certificate (AOC) due the fatal accident of a CASA C212 on Bintan Island which crashed killing all on board.
A Preliminary investigation has found 1) that the Pilot in Command was not qualified for that type of flight. 2) No permission was obtained to carry out a flight test. 3) a Spare engine was carried on board during the flight. ref
As of August 2006 the Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter fleet includes:
As of January 2005 the airline also operates:
- Buol - Buol Airport
- Makassar - Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport
- Palu - Mutiara Airport
- Selayar - Selayar Airport
- Toli Toli - Sultan Bantilan Airport
- On November 30, 2006 IPTN C-212 PK-ZAI crashed on landing, no injuries or deaths were reported.
- On February 12, 2011, five people were killed when a CASA C-212 Aviocar belonging to SMAC crashed on Bintan Island, Indonesia during a test flight.
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