Japan airline rapped for repair failure

Japanese authorities have launched inspections on a low-cost carrier that operated a plane for nine months beyond a recommended deadline for repairs.Skymark admitted it failed to meet Boeing’s instructions that a dent on the fuselage of a 767 jumbo jet should be mended within a year.

The transport ministry sent inspectors to Skymark’s facilities at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for a one-month inspection to check its operations.

“We have to closely monitor if Skymark Airlines has maintained a system to secure safety,” transport minister Kazuo Kitagawa told a news conference.