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UAE aviation body bans number of foreign planes

'Certain foreign aircraft' banned for safety and security reasons.
Under Saif Al Suwaidi, the GCAA is acting against aircraft that don't meet the country's aviation rules.
Under Saif Al Suwaidi, the GCAA is acting against aircraft that don't meet the country's aviation rules.

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The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has banned ‘certain foreign aircraft’ from UAE skies over failure to comply with safety and security standards.

Amongst the planes banned are a DC8-63F, which was excluded for undertaking maintenance at a UAE airport without obtaining a license from GCAA.

A DC-9 aircraft was banned for safety and security reasons and a B-747-200 for violating UAE airspace regulations.

An L1011-500 was banned from operating in the UAE for failing to obtain a license from the GCAA.

Nineteen operators have so far been sanctioned by the GCAA in 2010.

“The GCAA, represented by its teams and inspectors, seeks to ensure that all aircraft operating in the UAE comply with the highest international safety and security standards,” said Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director general, GCAA.

“Being the authority in charge of the civil aviation sector in the UAE, the GCAA will not hesitate to take any action in the future against any aircraft and against any local or international air operator in the event of any violation of the applicable instructions in the UAE or non-compliance with any security and safety standard.”

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