CAAP suspends 2 erring airlines

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday suspended the Air Operator Certificates (AOC) of SEAIR International Inc. and Magnum Air over safety concerns.

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The CAAP cited a report made by the European Union Assessment Team on safety management, accident prevention, flight safety program and flight data management.

In a letter addressed to SEAIR president and CEO Avelino DL Zapanta and Captain Teodoro Fojas of Magnum Air, CAAP explained that the suspension stemmed from “various shortcomings on the rules and standards prescribed under the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations.”

“Considering the results of said assessment visit and upon investigation made by the undersigned, there are significant safety concerns in commercial air transport operations and the public interest require that the same be properly given immediate corrective actions,” CAAP director general William K. Hotchkiss 3rd said in    a statement.

The suspension order took effect Monday. It will be lifted once the airlines have taken corrective actions and complied with aviation safety standards.

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