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EU Ban Highlights Trouble in African Skies

AFRICA: The pilot pressed a flask-sized bottle of vodka to his lips and swallowed deeply before piloting his geriatric aircraft down a jungle runway in eastern Congo. The Antonov flying valuable tin ore and two passengers out of the war-battered region made the trip safely that day. But many others don’t. Citing safety concerns, the European Union banned 92 airlines Wednesday from its airspace. Most of the airlines are from Africa, where planes are six times likelier to crash than elsewhere and travelers swap tales of crises averted. Full Story

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