Airlink plane’s suspension lifted
THE SA Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the suspension on one of SA Airlink’s 14 grounded Jetstream aircraft.
“The prerequisite aircraft inspections are already under way having commenced last Friday. To date, one Jetstream aircraft belonging to SA Airlink has completed its re-certification process, and as such the commissioner for civil aviation has lifted the suspension on this aircraft,” CAA spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba said yesterday.
The re-certification process on the aircraft that passed also involved a thorough inspection of all maintenance processes, said Ledwaba.
“While the aircraft re-certification process is under way, the CAA is simultaneously monitoring the implementation of SA Airlink’s corrective action plan that seeks to address the findings revealed in the CAA’s safety audit.”
BAE Systems, which built the Jetstream airframes, said it had provided support to Airlink and consulted with the CAA to get the Jetstream cleared for return to service, with the help of the engine manufacturer, Honeywell.
“The Jetstream has an excellent global safety record and BAE Systems remains confident that the aircraft and its Honeywell engine fully meets international regulatory safety standards.
“One hundred Jetstream aircraft were built, of which 74 are currently in service,” it said.
In addition to SA Airlink, Jetstream aircraft were in service with over 20 operators in Africa, North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. “The aircraft are operated as airliners, corporate transports and for special roles missions. Those in service have completed over two million fleet hours.” – Sapa