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standards and following appropriate oversight by its
authority," the EC said in a statement. " e rest of [Air
Koryo's] eet remains barred from operating into the
e decision on Philippines-based carriers e ectively
blocks long haul services into Europe by Philippine
e EC said it "acknowledges the recent e orts by
the competent authorities to reform the civil aviation
system in the Philippines and steps taken to address
safety de ciencies reported by the FAA and ICAO
[the International Civil Aviation Organisation]". It
also acknowledged steps taken by PAL and rival Cebu
Paci c Air.
Nonetheless, "in view of the significant safety
concerns identified by ICAO in relation to the
authorities, the Commission with the unanimous
support of the Air Safety Committee is forced to follow
the principle of precaution and impose an operating
ban on all air carriers licensed in the Philippines," the
statement said. e Commission added that is ready to
support the Philippines in e orts to overcome its issues
and conduct a visit to the country.
Blanket bans remain in place for carriers for 17
countries -- a ecting 278 airlines in total. Still included
on the list is Indonesia, which was blacklisted a er its
disastrous safety record in 2007.
Indeed, two out of the three Western hull-losses
a ecting Asian airlines last year involved Indonesian
carriers. e rst was a Boeing MD-90 operated by
Indonesia's Lion Air, the second a BAE Systems BAe
146-300 own by Indonesia's Aviastar Mandiri, while
the third crash involved a Fokker F28 operated by
Myanmar 's Myanma Air ways. Of the three, only the
Air Mandiri crash was fatal, killing six.
e Lion Air accident occurred on 24 February,
when the aircra was forced to land with a retracted
nosewheel, su ering extensive damage. e Aviastar
Mandiri accident involved an aircra carrying food and
building supplies from Jayapura to Wamena on 9 April.
e BAe regional jet hit a mountainside on approach
to Wamena, killing all on board.
e Myanma Airways Fokker landed hard at Sittwe
on 6 June, causing the starboard main landing gear to
fail. e right wing then hit the runway and the aircra
swerved o the runway. ree people, including the
pilot, were injured out of 68 on board. ●
: The EC has now allowed North Korea's Air Koryo to operate two
of its aircraft to Europe, while the rest of the fleet is still banned.
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