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Philippine aviation suspends Zest Air on safety concerns.

Summary: Philippine civil aviation officials said on Friday they have suspended operations of local budget airline Zest Air due to safety concerns.

Philippine civil aviation officials said on Friday they have suspended operations of local budget airline Zest Air due to safety concerns.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Deputy Director General John Andrews said the airline has several outstanding safety violations, including refueling with passengers on board. He said pilots also failed to check aircraft log books and exceeded permitted flying time. A pilot once requested clearance for takeoff even though the plane's fuel cap was missing, he said. Air worthiness inspectors later found that the fuel cap had been missing for three months, he added.

"There is something definitely wrong with their operations," Andrews said.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 17, 2013
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