Security Update: Jakarta, 30 October 2018, 9:30am WIB

Yesterday morning (Monday 29 October) a commercial passenger jet, Lion Air Flight JT610, crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. The flight was bound for Pangkal Pinang, capital of Bangka Belitung Islands province.

Under ACICIS’ risk-management strategy, all participants are required to report any out-of-city travel plans to ACICIS staff. None of the 50 ACICIS participants currently in-country had reported plans to travel to the Bangka Belitung Islands around the time of the crash. Nonetheless, the ACICIS Resident Director yesterday coordinated a precautionary headcount of all current ACICIS participants. All students have been contacted and accounted for as safe.

In response to yesterday’s plane crash, DFAT has updated its Smartraveller advice for Indonesia to include a prohibition on Australian government officials and contractors flying on Lion Air (and its subsidiary airlines) until the findings of the crash investigation are clear. In light of this, the ACICIS Resident Director has issued instructions to all current ACICIS program participants to similarly avoid using Lion Air for domestic or international travel until further notice. ACICIS does not utilise Lion Air services as part of any official program activities.

Staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions prospective students, family, friends and member university staff might have about participant safety and welfare at this time. Queries may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat on 08 6488 6675 or at acicis@acicis.edu.au.

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director