Trigana Air's poor safety record

 Indonesian Minister of Transport Ignatius Jonan delivers a press conference on the Trigana Air accident (AAP)
Indonesian Minister of Transport Ignatius Jonan delivers a press conference on the Trigana Air accident (AAP)

It's been nearly two weeks since a flaperon from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 washed up on Reunion Island.

The find hasn't yet provided a definite answer as to how the plane came to be in the water, but it's been suggested it may have glided downwards with a soft impact, floating for a time before sinking in one piece.

As the speculation continues, there's news of another tragedy this morning – a plane with 54 people on board has crashed into a mountain in Papua.

The aircraft was part of a fleet operated by Indonesian airline Trigana Air that has been banned by the EU because of its poor safety record.

Mary Schiavo is a former US Department of Transportation inspector-general and aviation analyst.

Watch the video for the full interview.