Ndebele might clip SA Airlink's wings

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has indicated that he is considering grounding SA Airlink following the number of accidents the airline has had recently.

This comes after an SA Airlink plane failed to stop on the runway while landing at George Airport and landed near the N2 highway on Monday morning.

Ndebele said: "The Department is committed to ensuring safety in all modes of transport, including air, road, rail and sea transportation at all times."

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has since sent a team of investigators from its Accident and Incident Investigations Division to compile a report about the incident. Ndebele will then make a pronouncement based on the findings

The SACAA has also instituted an intensified audit programme of the maintenance, operating procedures and pilot training for the airline. This is in addition to the normal safety oversight programme that is conducted on all airlines operating locally and flying into South Africa.

The airline's management is giving full co-operation to the programme.

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