Air­link plane’s sus­pen­sion lifted

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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

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