Tigerair Australia grounded a Boeing 737 aircraft maintained by an offshore maintenance facility in Phillipines last month.
The Boeing 737 underwent heavy maintenance at SIA Engineering Philippines (SIAEP) owned by Singapore Airlines at Clark International Airport in Phillipines between July 17 and July 31, 2018.
On arrival, at Tigerair base in Melbourne, Tigerair engineers discovered that the plane’s cargo bay smoke evacuation system had been installed incorrectly with unsecured components and wires connected to the wrong terminals., which resulted three more weeks of grounding the aircraft to fix those issues locally.
The flight crew also discovered that the flight attendant’s seatbelt was not properly bolted to the seat just before the plane’s first service flight on August 22.
Following the incident, Tigerair parent company Virgin Australia ended all maintenance work to be carried out by SIAEP.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority, certifies all overseas maintenance facility carryout work on Australian Registered Aircraft.