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National Transportation Safety Board Launches Investigation into Apron Bus Fire at Bali’s Airport

The National Transportation Safety Board (KNKT) has dispatched a team to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to investigate a fire on an apron bus used to transport passengers between the passenger terminal and parked aircraft that occurred mid-day on Friday, January 10, 2020.

NusaBali reports that the KNKT team is reviewing a whole range of data, including CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts, in an effort to definitively determine the cause of the blaze and, hopefully, reduce the possibility of similar occurrences in the future.

A member of the KNKT team, Masruri, confirmed the team arrived in Bali on Sunday, January 12th to begin the collection of data and to interview those involved in extinguishing the blaze that, fortunately, resulted in no injuries on a bus that was empty at the time of the incident.

“We are not jumping to any conclusions, but the KNKT team will collect data and information to determine what triggered the fire. This information will be used to upgrade overall safety at the airport,” Masruri explained.

The KNKT team is also looking at organizational structures of the airport and the Company that owns the bus that caught fire, the maintenance records of the bus, and if the regulations governing bus safety were being followed. The entire process, according to Masruri, is to prevent future fires on passenger shuttle buses.

When questioned why KNKT has launched an investigation surrounding a bus fire at Bali’s Airport, Masruri said that the head of Transportation Safety Board had ordered the probe due to the fact that the most recent incident was the fourth time in a five-month period that a bus has caught fire at the Island’s sole air gateway. The KNKT is also aware that Bali’s airport is a key part of the Island’s infrastructure where a fire could easily spread to nearby aircraft and terminal buildings. For these reasons, he said, the cause of the fire and how it was handled must be completely understood.

In the meantime, the head of the Airport Authority for District IV that includes Bali, Amir Elfi, confirmed that new rules limiting the age of buses that can be used in airport apron areas would soon be introduced.

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