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SA airliner could be grounded

afrol News, 9 December - The South African airliner, SA Airlink, which faces harsh measures including grounding of its fleet, following a number of accidents has appointed its own experts to pre-empt the official investigation.

Reports from South Africa said the company has appointed an independent expert to review its safety processes and procedures.

SA Airlink faces government measures as Minister of Transport S'bu Ndebele gave the airline an ultimatum on Tuesday to prove that its fleet was safe to be on the air traffic.

"Safety and the well-being of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our top priority," Airlink’s chief Rodger Foster, was quoted saying, also adding that the company was confident it had complied with the national and international regulations and standards.

He also said while the company has appointed an independent expert, Airlink would also be collaborating with the Civil Aviation Authority on the ongoing audit.

The South African authorities have said a consideration would be made to ground all the SA Airlink fleet, but would wait the investigations.

The calls for harsher measures on the airline follows the Monday incidence, in which an Airlink jet overshot the runway at George Airport, and stopped few meters from the road traffic highway.

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