CAAM grounds all Blackshape aircraft models

Malaysia follows EASA directive, grounds Blackshape aircraft fleet

20 Mar 2024 08:39am
Photo for illustration purpose only. - Photo credit: steve_is_on_holiday/Getty Images
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KUALA LUMPUR - The Civilian Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has grounded all flight operations involving the Blackshape aircraft models BS 115, BK 160, BK 60-200 and BK 160TR in Malaysian airspace effective today (March 20).

Its chief executive officer Datuk Capt Norazman Mahmud said the suspension is in line with the Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) (AD No.: 2024-0074-E) issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to the aircraft manufacturer yesterday (March 18) to suspend all flight operations for all Blackshape aircraft effective March 20.

EASA’s issuance of the EAD follows the recent fatal accident involving a Blackshape aircraft, which has raised concerns over its safety standards.

"CAAM is committed in prioritising flight safety in Malaysia and will take necessary action to ensure safe flight operations,” he said in a statement yesterday.

A Blackshape Gabriél BK 160TR managed by Aviation Safety Technology Pte Ltd of Singapore had crashed in a oil palm plantation in Kampung Tok Muda near Kapar, Selangor at around 1.36pm on Feb 13 after taking off from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang, Selangor, killing both people onboard.

The Transport Ministry’s Air Disaster Investigation Bureau’s 58-page initial report issued on March 13 showed that there was disorganised maintenance and the aircraft had exceeded its weight limit, which was recorded in the damage assessment.

The report also stated that the aircraft was not equipped with any flight data recorders and two Garmin G3X GDU 460 main flight displays at the front and back of the cabin of the aircraft. - BERNAMA

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