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State of emergency declared in Marshall Islands after US grounds Micronesian air freight operator

The Marshall Islands President David Kabua has issued a state of emergency declaration to overcome the problems caused by the grounding of the country's cargo airline by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in early February.

The US government agency grounded Micronesian cargo operator Asia Pacific Airlines, also known as Aero Micronesia Inc., due to concerns about unqualified pilots flying the aircraft.

In a statement on February 7, the FAA said "after the company failed to produce records showing that the two individuals who provide proficiency checks for company pilots were properly trained and qualified for the past two years."

"Under the regulations, any flight check provided by these two individuals is invalid, meaning that none of the company's pilots are currently qualified to fly," it added.

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