EU Ban Highlights Trouble in African Skies

In announcing the ban on virtually all aircraft overseen by civil aviation authorities in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Congo from landing at European airports, EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot labeled many of the...


There are bright spots, including South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Many African pilots who have honed their skills on the continent's cracked runways are known as skilled navigators of crisis zones. A South African crew runs a route between Amman, Jordan, and Iraq's Baghdad, where the plane approaches the runway in a tight downward corkscrew to avoid ground fire.

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Associated Press writers Anjan Sundaram in Kinshasa, Congo, Alexandra Zavis in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, contributed to this report.


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