AIR NAURU ATTEMPTING TO GET PLANES BACK IN AIR

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MELBOURNE, Australia (March 7, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Air Nauru has made proposals to Australia in an effort to get its two Boeing 737's back in the air.

Radio Australia correspondent Graeme Dobell reports that the negotiations in Melbourne today follow a safety order ten days ago grounding the airline.

"Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded Air Nauru, saying it did not have sound management and its airport in Nauru is below standard.

"Air Nauru has since satisfied the authority that it is fixing problems with the power supply at the airport.

"The latest negotiations are over management issues.

"The safety authority has ruled that key operational people in the airline are overloaded with duties. Air Nauru has to show how it will restructure operational responsibilities before it will be allowed to resume flights.

"Graeme Dobell, Radio Australia, Melbourne."

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