Aviation regulators in Australia, New Zealand and the European Union have lifted the grounding of GippsAero GA8 planes after initial results of the investigation into a crash in Sweden that killed nine people.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has lifted a temporary suspension of GippsAero GA8 aircraft operations.
The temporary suspension of GA8 aircraft flights was put in place as a safety precaution following a recent fatal parachuting accident in Sweden.
Based on the limited information available immediately after the accident the sixty-three GA8 aircraft in Australia were grounded, as well as a number operating overseas. The suspension was in effect for five days.
The precautionary suspension was triggered by initial information from the investigation into the Swedish accident which showed the accident aircraft had broken up in flight.
CASA has now received further information that there is no evidence to indicate a potential unsafe condition associated with the aircraft and as such the GA8 aircraft type can be safely allowed to return to normal operations.
The GA8 is manufactured in Australia by GippsAero, which is based in the Latrobe Valley.
The GA8 is a single engine high wing aeroplane with fixed tricycle landing gear.
In Australia the GA8 is used in a range of operations including charter, aerial work and parachuting.