The Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry announced Tuesday it will tighten its inspections of Skymark Airlines after the carrier reported it had been operating a plane for about nine months past a repair deadline.

Transport minister Kazuo Kitagawa told a news conference that Skymark’s negligence in not repairing the Boeing 767-300, reported to the ministry Friday, was extremely regrettable and the ministry will send inspectors to check its maintenance facilities.

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