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Bemidji Regional Airport Executive Director Harold Van Leeuwen talks about regional air carrier safety and pending airport improvement projects Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Bemidji Sunrise Rotary Club. At right is Rob Harper, Chippewa National Forest Supervisor and club member. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Regional airline carriers need better oversight

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A tired and inexperienced regional carrier pilot poses more potential problems than bird strikes, says the director of Bemidji's airport.

"Birds are a natural occurrence -- they're not going to bring that airplane down, except under extraordinary, absolutely extraordinary circumstances," Harold Van Leeuwen, Bemidji Regional Airport executive director, said Tuesday morning.

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