17 February 2011

Appeal Court Upholds Air National Grounding

The Appeal Court judges, Terence Arnold, Ellen France, and Rhys Harrison, said in the reasons they released today for their decision that CAA concerns about safety could just as well extend to training or competencies as to defective aircraft. They did not accept that CAA was obliged to carry out its full investigation of whether there was a systemic problem, before suspending the airline operations. "He had material which indicated there may be such a problem". "Although the evidence is at this stage incomplete, we do not consider that Air National has demonstrated that it has a strong case that the decision to suspend was not reasonably open to the director, or was irrational," they said.

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