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Air Niugini putting passengers at risk with poor safety standards: PNG Opposition

Air Niugini putting passengers at risk with poor safety standards: PNG Opposition
Air Niugini putting passengers at risk with poor safety standards: PNG Opposition
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Serious questions have been raised about Papua New Guinea’s national airline, with allegations it’s putting passengers at risk because it isn’t meeting safety requirements.

Opposition MP from New Ireland, Walter Schnaubelt said the national carrier has breached safety regulations and is putting passengers at risk, Pacific Beat reports.

Air Niugini is supposed to follow the International Air Transport Association requirements, but the Oppositions says sources have told them Air Niugini isn’t doing that. There are pilot shortages, crews are overworked, and there are no weather reports because of ongoing strikes at the PNG Weather Office.

“All the crews expected to work maximum hours every day, which brings high level of stress and fatigue,” Walter Schnaubelt said.

But PNG’s Minister for Civil Aviation Alfred Manase said safety is not being compromised.

“Overall the Air Niugini safety standard is very high, always been so,” Alfred Manase stated.

According to him, pilots are getting weather reports from other sources.

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