A new airworthiness directive issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has resulted in the grounding of 15 Xi’an MA-60 turboprops following two incidences of landing gear failure. The directive requires operators inspect the undercarriages and gear annunciation systems of airplanes that have logged more than 6,400 takeoffs. Two Chinese airlines–Okay Airways and Joy Air–and carriers from the Philippines, Laos, Zimbabwe and Bolivia operate the 15 airplanes.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines
The civil aviation authorities of Indonesia and Myanmar have ordered the grounding of Merpati Nusantara Airlines’ and Myanmar Airways’ Xi’an Aircraft Industries MA-60 fleets for airworthiness checks following a series of accidents.
A Merpati MA-60 crashed at El Tari Airport in Kupang, in east Indonesia, on June 10. On the same day a Myanmar MA-60 skidded and overshot the runway after landing at the Kawthaung Airport.
A Xi’an Aircraft MA60 operated by Indonesia’s Merpati Nusantara Airlines crashed on May 7 into Kaimana Bay, some 1,500 feet short of the Utarung Airport runway in Kaimana, West Papua province, killing all 25 occupants. The scheduled flight had originated in Sorong, West Papua, at 12:40 p.m. local time and crashed at about 2 p.m. in heavy rain and high winds.