The airline that operated the plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan earlier this month has been grounded by Transport Canada.
Transport Canada says it has suspended West Wind Aviation’s operator certificate, citing deficiencies in the company’s operational control system.
It says such systems ensure a company is following safety rules for dispatching staff and aircraft.
On December 13, a West Wind Aviation ATR42-320 with 25 people on board went down shortly after taking off from the Fond du Lac airstrip in Saskatchewan’s far north. No one was killed, but six passengers and one crew member sustained serious injuries, and 18 others suffered additional injuries.
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Earlier this week the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out fuel shortage and engine failure as possible causes for the crash.
West Wind had voluntarily suspended all flying operations because of the crash before the ruling by Transport Canada.
The company issued a release Friday night stating they are working diligently to resolve any issues, with the aim of restarting operations as soon as possible. The release adds Safety is West Wind’snumber one priority, and they look forward to improving their processes to continue serving communities and customers.