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Lion Air crash puts focus on safety in Asia's booming air travel market

Lack of pilots and engineers the key challenge amid industry's rapid growth

Personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board examine debris from Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta on Nov. 1.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asian skies have become much safer in the past few years, but the crash of an airplane of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air, the first major air accident in Southeast Asia in close to four years, is a stark reminder for the fast-growing industry that safety standards still need improving.

A shortage of trained pilots and engineers is the biggest challenge, and insufficient airport infrastructure is another, industry experts agree.

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