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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Korea Air Safety Call

SEOUL, South Korea -- The South Korean government on Wednesday instructed Korean Air, which has been troubled by a string of accidents, to strengthen safety inspections on its planes at overseas airports.

The order came as officials from the Construction and Transportation Ministry were conducting a special inspection on all 107 planes in the airline's fleet.

The ministry said in a statement it recommended that Korean Air keep a stationary maintenance crew in 43 overseas airports, up from the current 34 airports.

The airline also was asked to contract out maintenance of its planes in 12 airports to local airline companies in order to boost safety checkups.

When the measures are implemented, the number of airports where Korean Air has no permanent maintenance crew will be reduced from 23 to seven, the ministry said.