All CemAir flights have been suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority, after they were deemed to have “ignored” key safety instructions.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) have been left with no choice but to suspend CemAir’s Operation licenses, grounding all flights scheduled on the local airline.
The decision was made on Friday afternoon, but strange new details have emerged at the start of this week. After eight aircraft were grounded for various code violations over the festive season, SACAA continued with their renewal audits to unearth 11 more contraventions of air safety rules.
What CemAir chose to ignore
As Tourism Update report, it it was found that an aircraft manufacturer had provided CemAir with an assessment of its aircraft maintenance schedule.
Despite CemAir eventually producing an acceptable Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for these findings, nothing has been carried out since the start of the new year – a decision that left the aviation authority spitting feathers:
“Worryingly, the operator could not produce sufficient evidence to authenticate that all recommendations were fully implemented. Ignoring manufacturers’ recommendations is not only bizarre but is also a very serious and dangerous omission that should be avoided at all costs by any licence holder.”
“In a nutshell, the most recent annual renewal audit revealed CemAir’s inability to prove the continued airworthiness of its fleet. “ SACAA statement on CemAir
Airlines in the spotlight
Before the airline can take flight once more, they will have to carry out each and every step that was recommended to them by SACAA. Despite setting out plans to deal with 10 of the 11 violations, talk has come easier than action for CemAir – except with the media: We’ve been unable to gain a statement from them since the news went public.
Part 121 and 135 of their Air Operator Certificates have been suspended effective immediately. They are the second South African airline to be temporarily shut down over safety concerns in eight months, too: SA Express were grounded for three months after their fleet was deemed un-airworthy, before flights resumed last August.
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