Indonesian officials deny taking bribes to allow passenger planes to fly without permits

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Indonesian aviation authorities have denied officials took bribes to allow airlines to alter their flight schedules amid allegations some were paid to approve unscheduled take-offs, including that of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501.

AirNav Indonesia, the country's navigation operator, says its employees are clean and there is 'no big money' involved in relation to airlines altering unapproved flight schedules, The Straits Times reports.

Seven officials, including three from AirNav Indonesia, have now been suspended over suspected links to unapproved schedules, including AirAsia's fatal flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday, December 28.

'They are clean,' AirNav Indonesia's safety and standard director Wisnu Darjono said of the company's employees.

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