Tiger Airways grounded in Australia over serious safety concerns

Jul 02 2011

The aviation safety regulator in Australia has suspended all Tiger Airways flights in Australia for the next week following an incident on Thursday night involving a Tiger Airbus A320.

The aircraft flew into Avalon Airport southwest of Melbourne, Victoria well below the lowest allowable safe altitude. This is the second incident in a month where Tiger has flown below the required safety standard.

A Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) spokesperson said "it was the first time that CASA had grounded an airline and that Tiger has not been able to, at this stage, convince us that they can continue operations safely..."

CASA are also considering approaching the High Court of Australia to extend the grounding.

Thousands of passengers and airport staff are likely to be affected. Virgin Australia and Jetstar are putting on additional services to assist over the next week.

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