Australian Authorities Suspend Alligator Airways

 - May 7, 2012, 4:00 PM

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of Alligator Airways on May 3.

According to a CASA statement, “Permitting the Kununurra, Western Australia-based company to continue flying its fleet of [GippsAero] GA8 Airvans and other aircraft poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety. During 2011 and 2012, CASA served a number of show-cause notices on the airline 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.”

Since the safety authority’s last show-cause notice there have been further incidents involving forced landings that raised concerns about Alligator Airways’ ability to continue to conduct operations safely.