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A SA Express Dash-8-Q400 aircraft. (Photo: Bob Adams from George, South Africa (SA Express Dash 8-Q400 ZS-NMS) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

SA Express Grounded by South African Civil Aviation a Day After SAA Merger Announcement

The South African commercial aviation sector took another hit this week with the announcement Friday that all South African (SA) Express flights were to be grounded immediately due to maintenance concerns. Following the announcement, news agency Fin24 reported that South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) was behind the grounding of the SA Express fleet. “SACAA suspended SA Express' Operator's Certificate, as well as its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation approvals," the site reported. "SACAA has also suspended the Certificates of Airworthiness for…