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Cockpit ban on Lauda.

FORMER world champion racing driver Nikki Lauda (right) who resigned last month as chairman of Lauda Air, has been banned from piloting planes owned by his former airline.

The new chairman, Ferdinand Schmidt, told him his piloting contract would not be accepted, but gave no reason for the decision, Lauda said.

Lauda, a veteran pilot who occasionally took the controls of Lauda Air jumbo jets before his resignation, founded the airline in 1979 after quitting Formula One. He resigned as chairman after an external audit criticised the company's dealings.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Dec 5, 2000
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