The European Union is expected next week to publish a blacklist of airlines banned from flying in the EU because of fears over the safety of their planes.
In a statement published late Wednesday, the EU said a committee of aviation experts from the 25 member governments had agreed on the blacklist, which is expected to be approved by the European Commission by March 23.
Officials declined to name airlines on the list ahead of its formal adoption, but it is expected to include several of the mostly Asian and African airlines that were banned by some EU nations last year after a spate of crashes heightened safety concerns.
The EU's Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot said the completion of the list was a decisive step toward improving air safety.
News stories provided by third parties are not edited by "Site Publication" staff. For suggestions and comments, please click the Contact link at the bottom of this page.