Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mexico suspends Damojh's operations

Mexico’s civil aviation authority has confirmed it has temporarily suspended Damojh’s operations, the airline that owned the 39-year-old Boeing 737 that crashed in Cuba, as the death toll rose to 111.

The Mexican authorities said it has suspended the airlines' operations while it made sure the firm had adhered to regulations and so it could gather all relevant information to help investigators find out what caused the deadly crash.

It is not the first time the airline, Damojh, has had its operations suspended, the airline that has two other 737's had been suspended twice before for regulatory compliance reviews the authority confirmed this week. 

In 2010 operations were suspended for around a month following a Damojh aircraft made an emergency landing in the Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta following an issue with its landing gear.

The Mexican authorities again investigated the airline during 2013 after receiving a complaint from Marco Aurelio Hernandez, a former Damojh pilot. Local media is reporting that Mr Hernandez complained about the lack of adequate maintenance Damojh's aircraft. That suspension lasted around two months, whilst the 2010 halt ran for approximately a month. 

Cuban investigators have so far recovered the cockpit voice recorder and are still looking for the flight data recorder. The administration has already granted permission for experts from Boeing to enter the country to assist with the investigation. 

The horrific crash has taken the lives of  100 Cubans, 7 Mexicans, 2 Argentines and 2 Sahrawis from a disputed area in Western Sahara known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.