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Biman airline's safety comes into question.

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Attention has been drawn to safety at Biman airlines, with claims arising that the carrier is overworking its pilots.

A regional surveillance organisation has apparently found that the national carrier is allowing its pilots to fly more hours than those stipulated under safety regulations, but others have suggested that the carrier has a paucity of pilots, which is making the extra hours necessary in order for the airline to continue normal operations.

Some industry observers suggest that the state-owned carrier, which is basically treated as a department of the ministry of civil aviation, should be given autonomy so that it is better able to compete with other airlines according to The Independent.

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