Zambian authorities suspend Zambezi Airlines’ AOC over safety issues

November 3, 2011

Effective November 1, 2011 Zambezi Airlines was grounded by the Zambian Minister of Transport, Works and Supply.

The Air Operator Certificate was suspended because the airline “posed a risk to passengers” as it operated outside Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) guidelines. A government spokesman reported that the airline employed air crew staff that had not been cleared by the DCA. Also, it failed to report an incident on a local flight and allowed pilots to work beyond the stipulated work schedule. Local and international routes were flown with aircraft that had faulty oxygen masks.

The ban may be lifted when the airline has corrected all issues within six to eight weeks.

The airline was founded in 2008 and operated three Boeing 737-500 passenger jets on regional services.


Russia grounds several Yak-42 planes for safety reasons

September 11, 2011

Russian aviation regulator Rostransnadzor has suspended the operations of several Yakovlev 42 aircraft following the fatal accident involving such an aircraft on September 7 near Yaroslavl, Russia.

Rostransnadzor reported that by September 9, six Yak-42 aircraft had been checked. These checks resulted on the grounding of three planes, operated by Grozny Avia, Gazpromavia, and KrasAvia.

On September 10, inspectors grounded a Yak Service Yak-42D, RA-42412 at Izmir, Turkey because one of the engines had been in use beyond the time limits set for the engine. On the same dat an Izhavia Yak-42 was grounded at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport due to unspecified safety violations.



Grounding of Peruvian Airlines partly lifted

August 30, 2011

The Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications decided to partly lift the suspension of  Peruvian Airlines.

The airline had been grounded on August 18, 2011 for safety reasons. DGAC verified the improvements made by Peruvian and decided to allow the airline to restart operations using their Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The fleet of Boeing 737-200 remains grounded.

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Peruvian Airlines grounded for safety reasons

August 22, 2011

The Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications decided to temporarily suspend the operations of the Peruvian  Airlines as of August 18, 2011 for safety reasons.

The suspension comes after an audit by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) of Peru in April 2011. This audit revealed several safety shortcomings and resulted in an ten corrective actions that needed to be accomplished by the airline.

Also, one of the aircraft was grounded. Boeing 737-2T2 registration OB-1823-P was grounded because of insufficient maintenance.

A new inspection by DGAC in August, 2011 again revealed a deterioration in the airlines level of safety. Consequently, the AOC was suspended for 90 days.

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Russia grounds Antonov 12

August 10, 2011

Russia’s transport safety regulator has grounded Antonov 12 aircraft after a plane crash that killed 11 passengers near Magadan, Russia on August 9, 2011.

Rostransnadzor said in a statement that it decided to suspend flight operations on all  An-12 aircraft operated by airlines in the Russian Federation, until the airlines  take priority measures to lower the risk of operating a fleet of An-12 aircraft in accordance with established safety management systems.  Currently, there are 12  AN-12 aircraft active in the Russian Federation, operated by six airlines.


Accident airlines Hewa Bora and Rusair grounded by authorities

July 15, 2011

Two airlines involved in recent fatal accidents were grounded by authorities. 

Media in D.R.Congo reported that the Congolese government has suspended, Wednesday, July 13, the air operating license (AOC) of Hewa Bora Airways, pending the outcome of the investigation launched into the crash of a Boeing 727 on July 8 at Kisangani. A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport said that the decision to withdraw the operating license was taken due to recurring accidents involving this airline.

In a similar move, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia)  suspended the AOC of Rusair following a plane crash on June 21 that killed 47 people. A Tupolev 134 of the airline crashed near Petrozavodsk Airport in Russia. A spokesman reported to RIA-Novosti: “Due to violations revealed during an investigation, the operator’s license has been suspended.”


CASA to seek to extend Tiger Airways Australia suspension

July 6, 2011

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is to seek to extend the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd.

CASA suspended Tiger Airways Australia’s operations on 2 July 2011 because it believed permitting the airline to continue to fly posed a serious and imminent risk to air safety.  On July 6 CASA reported that it was seeking a continuation of the suspension until 1 August 2011 through an application to the Federal Court.

If CASA completes its investigations and determinations before 1 August 2011 and is satisfied Tiger Airways Australia no longer poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety it may be possible for it to resume operations earlier. The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia’s operations remains in place at until either the Federal Court refuses CASA’s application or CASA withdraws it.

CASA is making the application to the Court because investigations into Tiger Airways Australia will not be completed by the end of the initial five working day suspension period.



CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia

July 2, 2011


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has suspended the operations of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd with immediate effect from Saturday 2 July 2011.

This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting the airline to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety. The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia follows the issue of a show cause notice to the airline in March 2011.

Taking Tiger Airways Australia’s response to this show cause notice into account, CASA subsequently imposed a number of conditions on the airline’s air operator’s certificate. These conditions required actions to improve the proficiency of Tiger Airways Australia’s pilots, improvements to pilot training and checking processes, changes to fatigue management, improvements to maintenance control and ongoing airworthiness systems and ensuring appropriately qualified people fill management and operational positions.

CASA has been closely monitoring the operations of Tiger Airways Australia throughout 2011, with surveillance undertaken at a range of locations. Since Tiger Airways Australia was served the show cause notice there have been further events raising concerns about the airline’s ability to continue to conduct operations safely. In the circumstances, CASA no longer has confidence in the ability of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily address the safety issues that have been identified.

The suspension is in force immediately for an initial five working days, during which time CASA must apply to the Federal Court for an extension of the grounding. If the Federal Court supports CASA’s application the court can continue the suspension for a period of time which will allow CASA to finalise investigations into the safety matters.

Tiger Airways Australia is a low cost airline which commenced services in the Australian domestic airline market on 23 November 2007. It is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company, which is owned partially by Singapore Airlines. The main base is at Melbourne Airport. The airline operates a fleet of ten Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Indonesia grounds airline SMAC over safety concerns

February 19, 2011

The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation suspended the AOC of Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) following the fatal accident of a CASA C-212 Aviocar operated by SMAC on February 12, 2011.

The CASA Aviocar operated on a test flight from Batam Airport (BTH), Indonesia to Tanjung Pinang (TNJ) after the replacement of an engine. Preliminary investigation results indicated that:

  1. The pilot in command was not qualified for this kind of flight;
  2. No permission was obtain to carry out this test flight; and
  3. A spare engine was carried on board during the test flight.

These findings led the DGCA to suspend the airline’s AOC as a “preventive action”, according to the official statement. The DGCA will conduct a special safety audit of the airline and the airline will remain grounded until further notice.

The airline was added to EU list of banned air carriers on July 4, 2007.


Temporary ban on Tupolev 154B flights in Russia following accident

January 2, 2011

A Kogalymavia Tupolev 154B-2

The Russian Federal Transport Oversight Agency, Rostransnadzor, proposed a temporary suspension of all Tupolev 154B flights in Russia.

The decision was taken one day after a fatal accident in Surgut in which three passengers were killed. A fire erupted in Tupolev 154B shortly after startup before a regular passenger flight to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Rostransnadzor states that it conducted “a rapid assessment of the risks of further operation of this type of aircraft” and decided to propose a temporary suspension until the factors and causes of the accident are known. According to a representative quoted by RIA Novosti, there are 14 Tupolev 154B-2 aircraft operational in Russia at the moment.

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