France Publishes Air Carrier Blacklist

Six air carriers are forbidden to land on French soil for safety reasons, the French civil aviation authority says.

The agency, known by its initials DGAC, identified the six late Sunday on its Internet site as Air Koryo of North Korea; Air St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands; International Air Services of Liberia; Thailand's Phuket Airlines; and Linhas Aereas de Mocambique and Transairways, both from Mozambique.

Though all the airlines had been banned in recent years, France had never before made the list public.

The measure was announced after a series of five aviation accidents in the past few months, including one involving a Colombian-registered charter that crashed in Venezuela, killing 152 French citizens from the Caribbean island of Martinique.


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