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IATA says Congo and Sierra Leone have long way to go on air safety.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone have a long way to go on improving air safety standards.

According to Reuters, passengers flying in Congo sometimes have to sit on cargo and do not always end up where they want to go. A recent flight to Sierra Leone, which landed in other countries in western Africa on the way, reportedly saw a passenger board the aircraft and get off at the next airport without having bought a ticket.

IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani, speaking at an industry conference in Paris, France, said that the safety record of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland is embarrassing for the industry. Out of 92 airlines banned by the European Union from operating in EU airspace, 50 are from Congo, 13 from Sierra Leone, 11 from Equatorial Guinea and six from Swaziland.

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Date:Jun 8, 2006
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