South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) grounded some planes of Comair and South African Airways, after irregularities found during an audit of its maintenance and technical service provider.
State-owned South African Airways and its low-cost unit Mango, and Comair., which operates Kulula and British Airways flights domestically were affected by grounding some of their planes.
“As at 10:15 am this morning, a third of Comair services have been affected due to the notice received from the SACAA.” said Comair in a statement.
Comair confirmed that 4 of the affected aircraft have been released back into service and expecting the full fleet to be back in operations by tomorrow morning.
SAA mainly operates Airbus aircraft, while subsidiary Mango Airlines operates Boeing aircraft, and Comair operates all Boeing aircraft.