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Nepal authorities refute claims that they’re to blame for confusion before deadly plane crash

Nepal officials have denied any wrongdoing in the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of at least 49 people at Kathmandu’s airport. The crash happened when a flight with US-Bangla Airlines – a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier – approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames. The airline’s CEO, Imran Asif, allegedly blamed air traffic controllers for the incident, stating that they gave out the …

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DGCA says decision to ground aircrafts was for “passenger safety”

The call by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ground specific A320 neo aircrafts that had faulty engines was for the safety of air passengers. This was the assertion of Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, who said the decision was “only for passenger safety.” He also said that he was hoping that the flights would be restored soon. The move by the DGCA caused flight cancellations for IndiGo …

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Ghana Civil Aviation Authority partly blamed by BPS for crash of Starbow aircraft

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has pinned part of the blame at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for the air incident that involved a Starbow aircraft, which nearly claimed the lives of 68 people onboard. The Starbow aircraft that was bound for Kumasi, overshot the runway at Kotoka International Airport, during its takeoff manoeuvre in November last year. The BPS claimed that the incident could have been averted …

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Nigerian federal government calls for comprehensive audit of Dana Airlines

Nigeria’s federal government is concerned over the recent spate of accidents involving Dana Airlines and has ordered a comprehensive audit of the carrier. The federal government came to the decision after an exhaustive seven-hour Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in the nation’s capital of Abuja. In a span of two weeks, Dana Airlines was at the center of two near-tragic air incidents. The first one was …

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US upgrades safety level of Kenya’s airspace

The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has declared the airspace of Kenya to be safe, two years after it was placed on a blacklist. The development is a timely one with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visiting the country. The notice would also be a huge boost to the country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, which is getting ready to launch direct flights to the US in October. The …

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ICAO team in India to conduct security audit

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A four-man team from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) began its nine-day security audit of India’s aviation sector. The said audit will see the ICAO team review the regulatory framework and the civil aviation security system of the country. The audit, which is part of the UN agency’s Universal Security Audit Program, would last until March 15. The program seeks to encourage aviation security all throughout the globe through …

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UK keen on staying with European Aviation Safety Agency after Brexit

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The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, has indicated that they want to be part of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) even after the UK exits from the European Union. The UK is set to leave the EU at 11 p.m. on March 29, 2019. The Prime Minister’s statement was well regarded amongst different corners of UK’s aviation industry. “We will also want to explore with the EU, the …

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Nigeria retains FAA Category 1 status

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Carriers from Nigeria will be able to operate direct flights to the United States after the country retained its Category One status from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nigeria was able to attain the feat after it passed the safety audit of its civil aviation industry that was conducted by a team from the FAA last year. The positive result was relayed to Nigeria three months later. It initially …

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IATA blasts governments for failing to share necessary information that would improve aviation security

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The International Aviation Transport Association’s (IATA) Director General and Chief Executive, Alexandre de Juniac, has bemoaned the government’s failure to share essential information that would improve aviation security. De Juniac described IATA’s bid to create a “repository of information collected by various states to assess the risk of various non-flying zones or dangerous flying zones … has been a failure”. The IATA boss pinpointed the lack of success to a …

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Government to stay out of aviation industry’s way, says top US Department of Transportation official

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United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Undersecretary for Policy, Derek Kan, has indicated that the government is keen on just staying out of the way of the aviation industry and letting the market play out. “The lesson for us in Washington [from US airlines’ recent financial success and the emergence of ultra-LCCs] is to remove onerous regulatory burdens,” said Kan at an International Aviation Club (IAC) luncheon that was held …

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