UAE gets tough on cargo flight rules after crash

Tougher rules for cargo airlines after Sudan Airways crash in Sharjah.
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Sharjah’s aviation authority has introduced a series of stricter measures for cargo operators following the Sudan Airways plane crash six months ago in which six people died.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has made it more expensive for low cost airlines to fly in UAE airspace. It has also banned a Ukrainian-made cargo plane that had routinely used UAE airspace, according to a report in the National on Wednesday.

The authority is compiling a blacklist of foreign airlines that it considers not to have sufficient safety standards, the paper reports.

The Sudan Airways plane crashed as it was taking off from Sharjah International Airport on October 21. All six crew members on board were killed, but the pilot’s quick actions prevented the aircraft from hitting nearby houses and causing a much greater disaster.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway. It was reported in the days after the incident that engine difficulties had played some part.

The Boeing 707-330C had been in operation since 1969, while its current engines are believed to be 24 years old.

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