Doubts over AirAsia permit amid hunt for black boxes

January 5, 2015 11:18 AM

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Doubts over AirAsia permit amid hunt for black boxes

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia -- Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry revealed harsh measures Monday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off -- possibly without proper permits -- including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.

The licenses and schedules of all airlines flying in the country also will be examined to see if they are violating the rules, said Djoko Murjatmodjo, acting director general of air transportation.

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