Canada suspends Air Operator Certificate to West Wind Aviation

It was because of operational deficiencies detected in inspections after a plane crash that the airline suffered a few days ago.

West Wind Aviation, a Canadian airline based in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, received the suspension of its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the government agency responsible for aerial transport regulations and policies, Transport Canada.

The suspension of the certificate was made due to operational deficiencies after the inspection carried out on the ATR 42-300 aircraft and registration C-GWEA, which on December 13 was involved in an accident when it was taking off from Fond-du-Lac destined to Stony Rapids. The plane lost height and impacted with the canopy of numerous trees, to then end up on land half a kilometer from the runway. On board 22 passengers and 3 crew were traveling and luckily there were no deaths.

The investigations carried out by Transport Canada in collaboration with the Office of Research and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety of France (BEA, for its acronym in French), Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) and Pratt & Whitney, determined that the engines were at full power at the time of impact, while now focusing on investigating the weather on the day of the accident and other factors such as staff training, aircraft maintenance and the runway status.

West Wind Aviation, for its part, assured that safety is its priority and that it will work to recover its Air Operator Certificate, which it can achieve if it proves able to comply with all the standard safety requirements.

West Wind Aviation ATR aircraft crashed