Australia grounds Mahindra’s GA8 planes after Swedish crash

Melbourne, July 22

Australia’s air security controller has grounded activities of a little flying machine made by Mahindra Aviation for as long as 15 days following an accident in Sweden that killed nine individuals before this month.

The Common Flying Wellbeing Specialist (CASA) said it had suspended activities of all GippsAero GA8 planes in Australia and all Australian-enlisted GA8 planes flying abroad from July 20 through Aug. 3.

The GA8 single-motor airplane, worked in Australia by GippsAero, is normally utilized for skydiving, the travel industry, air watches, therapeutic departures and compassionate missions in remote areas, as per Mahindra Aerospace’s website.

There are 228 GA8 planes around the world, 63 of which are enlisted in Australia, CASA said.

Mahindra Aviation, a unit of India’s Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, said CASA’s move was prudent during the fundamental examination in Sweden, with which GippsAero was cooperating.

“The fundamental examination has not recognized the main driver of the incident,” GippsAero CEO Keith Douglas said in a messaged statement.

Nine Swedes were slaughtered when a GA8, named the Airvan 8, smashed during a skydiving outing close Umea in northern Sweden on July 14.

CASA said it has been working intimately with Swedish experts and the European Association Aeronautics Wellbeing Organization (EASA), which has likewise issued a crisis mandate to European GA8 air ship proprietors and administrators to suspend activities aside from ship flights. Reuters