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Old May 11th, 2005, 07:25 PM   #21
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Sao Paulo-Dubai flights to take off by year's end: Brazil

BRASILIA, May 10 (AFP) - Brazil's foreign affairs ministry announced on the sidelines of an Arab-South American summit here Tuesday that direct flights would soon link the two regions for the first time.

There are currently no direct flights between Brazil and the Arab world.

Authorities in Brazil are hoping the new route, to be flown by Emirates Airways, will boost trade and tourism.

"We invite Arab nations to get to know Brazil as a tourist destination, not only for its sunshine and seaside resorts, but also for the Amazon region ... and the central states," tourism minister Walfrido Mares Guia said.

Mario Vilalva, director of the ministry's business section, noted that officials would assemble a big delegation of business leaders for the inaugural flight, which will take place "sometime between now and the end of the year."

The first Arab-South American summit opened Tuesday in Brasilia, aiming to strengthen political and economic cooperation between the distant regions.
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Chile LAN Airlines says April traffic up 14.3 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 10 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline, LAN Airlines SA , said on Tuesday its passenger traffic rose 14.3 percent in April compared with the same month last year, on strong demand in Latin America, increased capacity on long-haul routes and new routes.

The airline said international passenger traffic jumped 18.7 percent for the month, while domestic passenger traffic fell 7.3 percent due in part to an earlier Easter holiday.

LAN's cargo traffic rose 19.8 percent in April, mostly due to strong growth in exports from South America during the period.
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Peru Gives Venezuela's Aeropostal Rights For Routes
11 May 2005

LIMA (Dow Jones)--The Peruvian government said Wednesday it had granted a four-year permit for Aeropostal - Alas de Venezuela CA to operate passenger and cargo flights between Venezuela and Peru.

In a statement in the official gazette, the Director General of Civil Aviation said the privately held airline will be able to operate regular flights between Caracas and Lima, with stops in Ecuador and Colombia.

The airline was once owned by the Venezuelan government, but was sold to the private sector, beginning flights in early 1997.
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Turkish Airlines To Operate Between Prague And Buenos Aires
Luis Zalamea
20 May 2005
Aviation Daily

Argentina authorized Turkish Airlines to start passenger and cargo operations between Prague and Buenos Aires with as many as seven weekly frequencies using Airbus A330s and traffic rights for intermediary destinations, plus unlimited cargo frequencies.

Details were worked out earlier this week at meetings in Buenos Aires led by Argentina's Undersecretary of Transportation Ricardo Cirielli and his Turkish counterpart, Oktay Erdagi.
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Chile LAN Airlines says May traffic up 18.9 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, June 10 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline, LAN Airlines SA , said on Friday its passenger traffic rose 18.9 percent in May, compared with the same month last year.

The airline said international passenger traffic rose 22.3 percent for the month, while domestic passenger traffic fell 0.4 percent amid changes in schedules.

LAN's cargo traffic rose 4.0 percent in May.
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Chile, Spain Agree To Double Weekly Flight Frequency
9 June 2005

SANTIAGO (Dow Jones)--Chile and Spain reached a provisional agreement to double weekly flights between the two nations to 28, Chile's Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry said Thursday in a statement published on its official Web site.

Currently, each nation has seven weekly flights to the other country.

"Of the seven new frequencies, four go into effect immediately and the other three in October 2005. They all include the fifth freedom right, which includes the possibility of continuing the flights on to a third-country destination," the ministry said in the statement.

As part of the pact, the Jac civil aeronautics board approved Spanish airline Air Madrid's request to operate three weekly flights between Madrid and Santiago.

Lan Airlines SA (LFL), Chile's biggest airline, strongly supports the government's efforts to liberalize international air traffic to gain access to new markets.

Chile already has reached open-skies agreements with 31 other nations, including the U.S., and is negotiating such a pact with the European Union.

Ministry Web site: http://www.moptt.cl
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Chile Airline Lan Receives 27 New Routes To Brazil
20 June 2005

SANTIAGO (Dow Jones)--Chilean airline Lan SA (LFL) has gained rights to fly 27 new routes to Brazil, civil aviation authority JAC said Monday.

Lan received seven passenger and nine cargo routes free of charge and paid 5 million pesos ($1=CLP580.70) each for the rights to another 11 long-range passenger and cargo routes, the JAC said.

Closely held domestic rival Sky Service SA obtained seven passenger routes.

The two airlines will have rights to the routes for five years, the JAC said.

The authority distributed the routes following an April 15 agreement between Brazil and Chile to increase bilateral air traffic by 35 routes.

Lan seeks an open-skies agreement to deregulate flights between the two South American countries, which would enable it to launch a Brazilian unit.

The carrier operates several airlines beyond its Chilean base, including units in Argentina, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru.
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Aecon eyes takeoff via Ecuador
Aims to be back in black through Quito airport project

TIM LAI
22 June 2005
The Globe and Mail

TORONTO -- Construction of a new Quito International Airport should begin in about three months, and Aecon Group Inc. hopes its share of the project will help it return to profitability after two years in the red, the company's head said yesterday.

Documents to be signed today in Ecuador mark the final hurdles for the Toronto-based company after years of negotiations.

John Beck, chairman and chief executive officer of Canada's largest public construction company, announced yesterday that the South American signing, along with signatures in New York over the next two weeks, will finalize the deal for Aecon to build the airport in conjunction with Brazil-based Andrade Gutierrez Constructores. Total financing for the project will be about $550-million (U.S.) The airport should be completed in just over four years.

“We are premiere airport builders,” he said at the company's annual general meeting in Toronto yesterday. “The people that are involved with building that airport in Quito are the people that were involved in building” Terminal One of Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Quito's airport is too small to accommodate the current traffic of three million passengers a year and its runway are too short for larger aircraft.

Aecon reported a $41.6-million (Canadian) loss in 2004, mainly because of a $32.7-million tax valuation allowance and weak performance from its buildings segment.

Mr. Beck told shareholders that the company intends to return to the black by scaling back on large civil ventures and focusing on smaller infrastructure projects of $100-million or less. This would reduce the need for joint venture partners and diversify the risk.

Mr. Beck said the company will increase its activity in the oil sands in northern Alberta. Aecon will tap into this market through its processing plants in Fort McMurray and its pipe fabrication and module assembly facility in Edmonton. He forecasts that this area will deliver the strongest growth for Aecon in the coming years.

“Last year, our Edmonton facility generated about $35-million of revenue,” he said. “This year, it's planning to almost triple this output to around $90-million.”

One analyst expects Aecon to recover this year and return to profitability, but expressed some caution.

“We're hoping for a turnaround here,” said Martin Gagel, an analyst with Canaccord Capital Corp. “Last year was supposed to be the turnaround — it started that way, but didn't end that way.”

As Mr. Beck was reassuring investors, one 12-year shareholder expressed frustration with the company's bottom line and lack of dividends — Aecon did not produce one in 2004, nor will it do so in 2005.

Mr. Beck said Canada is experiencing what he described as a “$100-billion infrastructure deficit” because of population growth and the need to replace and repair aging roads, bridges and the like. Aecon will get its share of those projects and profit from the surge of construction, he said.
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Chile's LAN to buy 25 Airbus planes for $750 mln

SANTIAGO, Chile, June 29 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline, LAN, said on Wednesday it agreed to purchase 25 A318 and A319 Airbus planes for $750 million as it expands its regional and domestic fleets.

Santiago-based LAN said its board had also authorized the option to buy 15 additional planes.

"The new airplanes will operate flights in Latin America, including domestic routes in Argentina, Peru and Chile, supporting the international growth of the company," LAN said in a statement.

LAN has expanded aggressively in recent years and in May saw passenger traffic rise 18.9 percent compared with the same month last year.

The company said the new planes would be incorporated into its fleet beginning in the second half of 2006 and were meant to help replace its Boeing 737-200's. The company already has 19 of the new, A318 and A319 Airbus planes in its fleet.

Last week LAN was awarded new air passenger and cargo flights to and through the coveted Brazil market.
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Chile's LAN Airlines June traffic rises 18.7 pct
11 July 2005

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 11 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline, LAN Airlines , said on Monday that its passenger traffic rose 18.7 percent in June, boosted by international travel.

LAN, one of the largest carriers in Latin America, said international passenger traffic, measured in passengers per kilometer flown, grew 22.2 percent in June, due to positive growth in European and South Pacific routes.

Also, the company said the international figures were aided by growth in June in Peruvian domestic routes and passenger traffic on flights within Latin America.

But domestic traffic in Chile fell 2.3 percent the company said in a news release, due to itinerary changes.

Cargo traffic improved 1.8 percent in June compared with the same month last year. But the load factor, which compares usage to capacity, decreased somewhat due to a slowdown in southbound demand and weaker-than-expected northbound traffic out of Latin America.
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Venezuela state airline may buy 49 percent of Uruguay's Pluna
15 July 2005

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan state airline Conviasa is looking into buying a 49 percent stake in Uruguay's failing airline Pluna, the Tourism Ministry said.

The purchase is one of the many options being explored so that Conviasa can establish a joint operating agreement of some sort with Pluna, the ministry said in a statement Thursday night.

Venezuelan officials are meeting with airline representatives and taking a look at the company's finances and operations.

Government officials said the idea behind any deal would be to open up more South American routes for Venezuela's recently launched state airline. Pluna would also benefit by getting access to more destinations in the northern part of South America, officials said.

Earlier in the week, Uruguayan officials disclosed that Conviasa was seeking a possible venture with Pluna, but noted that no decision has been made yet on any deal.

Uruguay's flagship airline has been considered a financial disappointment by shareholders. Brazilian airline Viacao Aerea Riograndense S.A., or Varig, a shareholder in Pluna, has said it wants to sell its 49 percent stake in the airline.

The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been cementing diplomatic and economic ties with neighboring countries by striking oil sale agreements, buying their public debt or by seeking alliances with government-owned enterprises.

This year, Chavez's government has purchased Argentine public debt and has announced plans to buy Ecuadorean bonds as well.
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Gol Linhas increases Boeing plane order
25 July 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said Monday that it will increase an order for Boeing's next-generation aircraft by 38 planes, bringing the order to 101 planes in all.

The discount carrier said the deal includes firm orders for 60 of the midsize Boeing 737-800s and purchase options for 41 more. The planes will be delivered between 2006 and 2012. Gol said the Boeing planes have features that will help it improve fuel efficiency.
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LAN Air Acquires 12 767-300 Aircraft For Long-Haul Passenger And Cargo Ops
4 August 2005

MIAMI (Dow Jones)--Chile's LAN Airlines S.A. (LFL) and LAN Cargo will purchase 12 of Boeing Co.'s (BA) long-haul 767-300 aircraft for $1.1 billion.

In a press release Thursday, the airline carrier said it will use the aircraft for cargo and passenger operations. The aircraft, to be received between 2005 and 2008, are intended to double the company's freighter fleet, and also strengthen the international passenger routes serviced by LAN Alliance member airlines, including LAN Peru, LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador.

LAN Airlines said the $1.1 billion investment is in addition to recent approval for the purchase of 25 short-haul Airbus A319 and A318 aircraft for $750 million announced in June.

Thursday's purchase, along with other acquisitions, will translate into 46 new aircraft over four years for a total investment of about $2.2 billion.

"This delivery marks the beginning of a historical initiative that shows the company's confidence in the development of Latin American countries," said Enrique Cueto, LAN Airlines chief executive. Cueto said the LAN Alliance will offer one of the most modern fleets worldwide.

American depositary shares of LAN Airlines changed hands recently at $36.75, down 35 cents, or 0.9%, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Boeing's shares traded recently at $66.60, down 5 cents, or 0.1%, on the Big Board.
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Peruvian airliner crashes in jungle
23 August 2005

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A commercial airliner carrying an unspecified number of passengers crashed Tuesday near a jungle town. Radio reports said at least two people were dead and about 20 others injured with burns and broken bones.

"We are standing next to the cabin and we can see the body and it appears that it is a flight attendant in her uniform. We can also see a person, it appears to be a female," a correspondent for Radioprogramas radio said. "There are bodies of children. Many bodies."

The accident involving the Tans airliner reportedly occurred sometime after 4 p.m. local time (2300 GMT), about 9 kilometers (6 miles) from the municipal airport for the jungle city Pucallpa, 305 miles (490 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Lima.

Radio reports said the plane tried to make an emergency landing during bad weather. It was not immediately clear what type of airplane was involved.

Airport officials were not immediately available to confirm the information.

Lizandro Torro, a spokesman for Tans, a passenger airline run by Peru's military, said in Lima that the airline was evaluating the scope of the accident and would provide a statement shortly.
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Venezuela's Pres To Visit Martinique In Wake Of Jet Crash
23 August 2005

CARACAS (AP)--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday he would travel to Martinique this week to meet with French President Jacques Chirac to discuss a plane crash that killed all 160 people aboard.

Venezuelan investigators said black boxes from the West Caribbean Airways jet, which crashed on Aug. 16 in Venezuela while bringing passengers home to Martinique after a trip to Panama, would be sent to France.

Chavez, speaking live from Cuba on Venezuela's state-run television channel, said fuel contamination could have caused the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 jet to plummet to the ground.

"The experts say ... the gasoline was bad or it ran out of fuel. We don't know," he said. "It's very strange."

Shortly before the plane dropped toward the ground, the pilot radioed saying that both engines had failed. The engines have not yet been removed from the crash site.

Chavez said he would travel to Martinique on Wednesday, after visiting Jamaica.

Lt. Col. Lorllys Ramos Acevedo, chief of Venezuela's crash investigation board, said Venezuela would send the black boxes to France while investigations continue.

Ramos Acevedo said she was not sure when the boxes, which have been safeguarded at a military base, would be transported to France.

An effort to reconstruct the plane involving experts from France, neighboring Colombia and Venezuela has not begun yet, she said.

Forensic specialists are trying to identify victims from the plane that was carrying 152 passengers and eight Colombian crew members. They have been using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to identify the victims.

Investigators say the task of identifying the victims, many of which were torn apart when the plane hit the ground, could take several weeks. Federal investigators say 129 victims have been identified so far.

France discovered that West Caribbean Airways had been fined for safety violations only after the crash last week, the country's national civil aviation director said in an interview published Monday.

Michel Wachenheim, general director of France's Civil Aviation Authority, told Le Monde newspaper that Colombia did not notify any other governments when it fined the airline $45,000 in January.

Under international policy, Wachenheim said, each country is responsible for monitoring its own airlines and does not have to share details of security failings.

In January, the airline was fined for more than a dozen violations.
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Peru Airliner Splits in Two, Kills 41
By CARLA SALAZAR, Associated Press
Aug 23, 2005

LIMA, Peru - A Peruvian airliner split in two after an emergency landing during a fierce storm, killing at least 41 people. It was the world's fifth major airline accident this month.

TANS Peru Flight 204, a Boeing 737-200 with 100 people on board, was on a domestic flight from the Peruvian capital Lima to the Amazon jungle city of Pucallpa when the pilot tried to make an emergency landing about 20 miles from Pucallpa on Tuesday, said Edwin Vasquez, president of the Ucayali region where the city is located.

The pilot tried to land in a marsh to soften the impact but the landing split the aircraft in two, he said.

Some survivors said they escaped the burning wreckage of the plane in a hailstorm and waded through knee-deep mud to get away.

Police Lt. David Mori told The Associated Press that 41 dead passengers had been recovered from the plane and 56 people were being treated at hospitals. Rescue workers had to suspend searches for bodies in the wreckage due to darkness and bad weather overnight but planned to resume operations at dawn Wednesday.

"There were people who walked away from the crash uninjured," he said. "It's not very clear how many."

Among the dead were at least three foreigners — an American woman, an Italian man, and a Colombian woman, Mori said. Many of the bodies could not immediately be identified and at least three people were still missing, he said.

The plane circled the airport, then crashed near a highway, according to officials and radio reports. Before the crash, the pilot radioed that he could not land because of strong winds and torrential rains, airport receptionist Norma Pasquel told The Associated Press by phone.

"I felt a strong impact and a light and fire and felt I was in the middle of flames around the cabin, until I saw to a my left a hole to escape through," survivor Yuri Gonzalez told Radioprogramas. "Two other people were struggling to get out and I also was able to."

He said he heard another person shouting to him to keep advancing because the plane was going to explode.

"The fire was fierce despite the storm," he said. "Hail was falling and the mud came up to my knees."

Canal N television broadcast photo images of survivors being carried on stretchers from a grassy field strewn with wreckage.

Jorge Belevan, a spokesman for TANS, said the plane was on a domestic flight carrying 92 passengers and eight crew members and was attempting an emergency landing when it crashed near Pucallpa, 305 miles northeast of Lima.

"The plane did not crash. It did not fall. The plane made an emergency landing," Belevan said, adding that it did not appear the crash was caused by a technical failure in the 22-year-old aircraft.

"The preliminary information we have is that the accident could have been caused by wind shear," he said.

Wind shear is a sudden change in wind speed or direction. The most dangerous kind, called a microburst, is caused by air descending from a thunderstorm.

Tomas Ruiz, another passenger, told Radioprogramas: "It seems it was a matter of the weather. Ten minutes before we were to land in Pucallpa, the plane began to shake a lot."

The crash was the world's fifth airliner accident this month.

Last week, 152 people died when a Colombian-registered West Caribbean charter went down in Venezuela. Two days earlier, 121 people died when a Cyprus-registered Helios Airways Boeing plunged into the mountains north of Athens.

Sixteen people were believed to have died Aug. 6 when a plane operated by Tunisia's Tuninter crashed off Sicily. In Toronto, all 309 people survived aboard an Air France Airbus A340 that overshot the runway on Aug. 2.

In January 2003, a TANS twin engine Fokker 28 turbojet, plowed into a 11,550-foot high mountain in Peru's northern jungle, killing all 42 passengers — including eight children — and four crew members aboard.
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Venezuela Plane Crash Black Boxes Usable
26 August 2005
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PARIS (AP) - Both flight data recorders from last week's West Caribbean Airways plane crash were damaged, but officials believe they are in good enough condition to yield clues, French investigators said Friday.

After the Aug. 16 crash in Venezuela, which killed 152 tourists from the French island of Martinique, Venezuelan authorities sent the recorders to mainland France for analysis.

Investigators "saw that the recorders were damaged in the accident, but that the protected part, which contains the information, seemed to be in good condition," France's Accident Investigation Bureau, or BEA, said in a statement.

"There is therefore a reasonable hope that, if data were recorded, they can be recovered," the statement said. The bureau didn't say how soon it would be able to provide information from the data.

Passengers on board the MD-82 jet plane were returning to Martinique after a week in Panama. Eight Colombian crew members were also killed when the plane plunged to the ground after the pilot reported both engines had failed.
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Peru considers Tans airline's fate after deadly crash

LIMA, Aug 26 (AFP) - Peru's government is reviewing the fate of embattled Tans Peru airline after a Boeing 737-200 operated by the state-owned company crashed in the Amazon, killing 40 people, President Alejandro Toledo said Friday.

"We are carefully examining its fate," Toledo said, adding that plane crashes "are not exclusive to Tans or Peru."

He said he would not speculate on what that would mean for the airline.

Meanwhile, authorities were still looking for one of the two data flight recorders, or black box, in a swamp near Pucallpa, a jungle outpost 840 kilometers (520 miles) northeast of Lima.

Tans, owned by the Air Force, has been heavily criticized since Tuesday's crash. The plane broke in two after slamming into the jungle, and 58 people survived the disaster.

Critics have complained about its security, noting that Tuesday's accident came two years after a Tans plane crash that left 46 people dead. According to the Aviation Safety Network, Tans has suffered six crashes since 1992.
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Venezuela air crash burned for 20 minutes: official

CARACAS, Aug 29 (AFP) - The West Caribbean airline flight which crashed in Venezuela killing all 160 aboard burned for about 20 minutes on the ground, a Venezulan official said Monday, a fact which rendered unlikely the theory that the plane had run out of fuel before crashing.

Evidence from the crash site suggests a fire ignited and burned for about 20 minutes after the plane plunged into a marshy area in northern Venezuela on August 16, Antonio Rivero, head of Venezuala's civil safety agency, told AFP.

"The fire covered a surface area of about 50 meters (164 feet)," despite the marsh and ongoing rainfall, said Rivero, one of the first to reach the site of the crash.

The crash of the twin-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft on a flight from Panama to Martinique killed 152 French passengers from Martinique and eight crew from Colombia.

According to a Caracas airport tower recording of communications with the plane, reported Sunday in El Nacional newspaper, the pilot reported trouble with both engines before crashing.

This has led to some speculation that the plane may have run out of fuel. However, the likelihood that leaking fuel fed a post-crash fire weakens that theory.

Another theory which has been reported is that the plane was using low-quality fuel which affected engine performance.
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UPDATE: Eight Killed As Small Plane Crashes In Colombia
1 September 2005

BOGOTA (AP)--A small private jet crashed into a field shortly after takeoff from the Colombian capital Thursday, killing all eight people aboard, aviation officials said.

The twine-engine Piper Navajo, which was headed from Bogota's Guaymaral airstrip for the central town of Puerto Berrio about 175 kilometers away, apparently suffered mechanical problems, said Fernando Sanclemente, director of Colombia's Civil Aviation agency.

"The pilot tried to make an emergency landing and the plane caught fire," Sanclemente said. "Firefighters rushed to the scene but sadly there were no survivors."

He said the victims were the two pilots and six passengers, but didn't reveal their identities.

Video footage showed parts of the plane scattered across a field outside the capital as investigators in white coats sifted through the debris.

It wasn't immediately clear who owned the plane.

Colombia's air safety record has come under scrutiny after a Colombian-owned West Caribbean charter jet crashed Aug. 16 in Venezuela, killing all 160 on board, most from the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

Moments before Thursday's crash, Transport Minister Andres Ariel Gallego told a conference on air safety in Bogota that he had instructed the Civil Aviation agency to conduct a thorough review of all Colombian airlines.

Aviation officials "need to check the maintenance conditions and operational safety of every aircraft that flies in Colombia," Gallego said. "Companies that don't comply (with the norms) will be barred" from flying.

In March, another West Caribbean plane, a twin-engine Let-410, crashed during takeoff from the tiny Colombian island of Old Providence, killing eight people.
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