Alligator Airways remains suspended by CASA

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Published: June 9, 2012

Australia’s Alligator Airways remains suspended and grounded by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as it continues to investigate “a range” of safety issues.

The Kununurra-based carrier had its air operator’s certificate and certificate of approval suspended May 3 due to “concerns about aircraft maintenance, failure to report incidents, inadequate pilot training records, a deficient safety culture, an inability of key personnel to carry out their safety obligations and key positions unoccupied or not functional,” CASA said. “These incidents involved forced landings where CASA believes employees of Alligator Airways were aware of significant defects affecting the safety of aircraft prior to flight.”

Once investigations are completed, CASA has up to an additional five working days from June 5 to issue a show case notice if it believes there remains a “serious and imminent risk to air safety” through a resumption of service.

Prior to suspension, the carrier conducted charter flights from Kununurra and Broome.

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