India says FAA downgrades aviation safety rating

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 10:00 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials say the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded India's safety rating.

India's Civil Aviation Ministry spokesman, Uday Moray, said Friday that the FAA downgraded India in part because some pilots lacked sufficient training. He said India has already started training programs to address the problems. He said the issues should be fixed by March.

Moray said the downgrade will not affect current flights to the U.S., but Indian airlines will not be allowed to increase the number of flights they operate.

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