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India's Kingfisher halts flights for another week

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Kingfisher Airlines says it has extended its shutdown and won't fly any planes through next Friday.

The cash-strapped carrier said late Thursday that a worker strike is "continuing to cripple and paralyze" the airline, which first grounded flights Monday.

Workers are protesting over months of unpaid wages. India's airline regulator is worried about safety standards because engineers are on strike and can't certify that the planes are safe to fly.

The airline's bad news deepened Friday, with a spate of front-page newspaper articles about the suicide of a Kingfisher employee's wife, who reportedly couldn't cope with the financial stress of unpaid wages.

Kingfisher's stock has fallen 17.8 percent so far this week.

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