In-charge airline After investigators looked into the safety practices of the company before the crash, whose plane was downed from Hawaii at sea.
The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it would bar Honolulu’s Rhodes Aviation from flying or conducting maintenance inspections until it meets FAA regulations.
The agency did not provide details of Rhodes’ alleged deficiencies. The company did not immediately respond to phone and email messages for comment.
The FAA said the decision to ground the carrier, which operates as Transair, differs from its July 2 investigation into the Boeing 737’s ditch. Two pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard after the night accident.
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The FAA said it launched an investigation into Rhodes Aviation’s maintenance and safety practices last fall and told the company two weeks before the accident that it planned to revoke its right to conduct maintenance inspections. The FAA said the company did not appeal the FAA’s decision within 30 days if it wanted the matter to be reconsidered.
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The pilots attempted to fly back to Honolulu after telling an air traffic controller that they had lost power in one engine and feared that the 46-year-old’s second engine would also fail. National Transportation Safety Board investigators located the wreckage of the plane but have yet to recover a data recorder to provide clues as to why the plane went down.