“The inspectorate team worked through the night to review the evidence received and as at 6:30am on [Sunday] the regulator accepted the corrective action and evidence submitted in respect of one level 1 finding.
“This therefore means this finding is now closed. The review of the rest of the evidence of which the latest was received around 7:30am [Sunday] morning, will continue to be assessed and reviewed by the inspectorate this morning.”
Comair can appeal against the suspension.
The suspension came after the SACAA visited Comair to determine the cause of a spate of occurrences affecting a number of Kulula.com and British Airways flights.
“The SACAA sought to confirm Comair’s compliance with applicable civil aviation regulations (CARs). The inspection was also aimed at reviewing Comair’s quality control management system (QC) and safety management systems (SMS) to establish compliance related to reporting, analysis and follow-up on occurrences, and corrective action plans to prevent recurrence.
“This resulted in the regulator raising three level 1 findings, and one level 2 finding.”
In terms of the oversight philosophy of SACAA, a level 1 finding is an outcome which poses an immediate risk to safety and security, and it must be closed with immediate effect.
A level 2 finding must be closed within seven days.