SACAA grounds 12 CemAir planes indefinitely

This follows the company’s failure to submit credible proof of compliance to the aviation authority.

A CemAir aircraft Picture: flycemair.co.za

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has moved to ground 12 planes operated by CemAir indefinitely.

This follows the company’s failure to submit credible proof of compliance to the aviation authority.

An audit by the aviation authority found that aircraft serviced at CemAir’s maintenance organisation were cleared as airworthy by unqualified personnel.

Spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu says certificates of airworthiness privileges for the 12 planes will only be issued once they have been serviced by qualified personnel who would satisfy requirements of the SACAA.

“When we suspend the approval of the AMO it means they can’t fly and they would need to be remaintained.”