[ASL] Caravan planes grounded after undercarriage collapses

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[ASL] Caravan planes grounded after undercarriage collapses

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Local airlines’ Caravan planes grounded for inspections after undercarriage collapses
Denis Chabrol
January 17, 2019

All [Cessna] Caravan planes being operated out of the Eugene F. Correia ‘Ogle’ Airport by domestic airlines have been ordered grounded for inspections after one of their undercarriages collapsed, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said Thursday.

GCAA Director-General, Retired Lt. Col. Egbert Field said the “cease-fly operation” order for the 16 planes based at Ogle was issued after the left undercarriage of a Caravan plane belonging to Air Services Limited (ASL) fell. “My inspectors are still conducting their investigations as to why,” he added.

“In the interest of safety and in order to ensure that all Caravans are safe, I have ordered that they be grounded and their undercarriage be inspected because the one that collapsed was just stationary. It was not moving, not that it crashed into anything, it was just being loaded,” he added.

Field said inspectors of the several domestic airlines would be checking the planes, including their maintenance records, and those would be verified randomly by GCAA inspectors. Once the all-clear is given, he said the cease-fly order would be lifted. “The CAA has to be informed when the inspection has been done so that we could release the aircraft for flights,” the GCAA official added.

Civil aviation inspectors were said to be combing through the maintenance programmes and manufacturers’ manuals to ensure there is safety. “In the interest of the flying public and in order to ensure minimum disruption to flights, we asked for the inspection before they can fly,” he said.

The domestic airlines, he added, would be required to conduct a number of follow-up actions.

The GCAA Director-General said among the likely causes could be corrosion leading to a hair-line crack or stress as a result of the “constant battering” on interior airstrips.

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[Guyana] All Cessna Caravans grounded

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[Guyana] All Cessna Caravans grounded
January 17, 2019

Reports are that all Cessna Caravans which operate out of the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle have been grounded until further notice. Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Egbert Field confirmed the move on Thursday. He told the Guyana Chronicle that it was made until such time that inspections are carried out.

Reports are that the move is related to an incident which occurred on Wednesday in which the left landing gear of an Air Services Limited (ASL) Cessna Caravan collapsed. The aircraft,which bears registration 8R-YAC, was being loaded for a flight to the Hinterland community of Imbaimadai when the left wheel gave way under pressure. On Thursday aviation officials were on the site investigating the incident.

The Cessna Caravan is one of the more popular aircraft utilised for domestic flights in Guyana.

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