Kazakhstan intensifies scrutiny of aviation safety

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Kazakhstan's government has set up a dedicated taskforce to supervise domestic aviation safety.

The new state agency has a staff of 40. "Their oversight will cover commercial aircraft, carriers, airports, air traffic control and pilot-training centres," says Serik Mukhtybayev, deputy chairman of the civil aviation committee.

"Inspectors have rights to access all of these premises at any time, request any information regarding safety matters, and issue appropriate directives.”

Toty Amirova has been appointed as chief of the aviation safety inspectorate. She is a former Air Astana pilot and has 13 years' flying experience.

The move is part of the government's wide-ranging safety improvement programme, which also includes recertification of Kazakhstan's carriers.