Qld airline suspended amid 'imminent' safety risk

THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has grounded Queensland airline Barrier Aviation for five working days, saying it poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety.

The Cairns-based airline flies to Horn Island, Darwin, Gove Peninsula, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson says a safety audit identified serious maintenance issues.

"The problems centre on maintainence of aircraft, maintainence that's not being done, maintainence that's not being done property, and maintainence that's not being tracked and recorded," he said.

"We're got no faith in the fact that the aircraft are being looked after in the way that they should be."

Read more at ABC news online.


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