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Breaking News: UAE bans ANTONOV An-12 Aircraft

by Robeel Haq on Feb 18, 2010

ANTONOV An-12 aircraft have been banned from the UAE's airspace by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The move, which will be effective from 1st March 2010, is aimed at raising safety standards in the country's civil aviation sector and was made after the GCAA set up a special technical committee to determine the airworthiness of foreign aircraft flying to the UAE airports.

The technical committee conducted a technical audit on ANTONOV Design Bureau, the design organisation in Ukraine for An–12 aircraft and also assessed the civil aviation administration system in Ukraine. The audit showed that the aircraft does not meet all of the international safety standards.

Ismail Mohammed Al Balooshi, director of safety at GCAA, announced during a press conference that at the beginning of last year, GCAA started applying an advanced program which particularly allows the assessment of aircraft registered in foreign countries in order to ensure their safety and airworthiness.

"There were numerous incidents that involved ANTONOV aircraft in year 2008, including three minor incidents at Sharjah International Airport and one crash in Iraq," he added. "That is why GCAA made an initial decision to temporarily ban this aircraft model which posed a threat to air safety, pending the results of the assessment by the technical committee regarding the airworthiness of ANTONOV An-12. The assessment showed that this aircraft can not be operated safely."

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Readers' Comments

Mahmud A Tekalli (Sep 4, 2010)

UAE bans Antonov 12 Aircraft
Banning an aircraft type and model by a regulator has a large economic impact on many operator in the middle east and Africa .If an An 12 and component parts meet its type design ( or properly altered configuration) and is in condition for safe operation,then it is believed that the aircraft is airworthy.The Civil Aviation Authority should look into a particular aircraft,how it is maintained,are there safety nets in place implemented by the operator such as an SMS.I share the concerns by the UAE after I have seen most of the accidents in Africa involve CIS manufactured aircraft,however here,are due to shady maintenece,fake registrations,old aircraft ,improper infrastructure,and inefficient pilot training.It is notorious that several CIS companies operating in Africa are registered in UAE ( see security council report S/2005/30 dated 25 January 2005) the same companies mentioned by the report are responsible for the illegal operations practices,such as in DR of Congo,Liberia and elsewhere in Africa.

Phillip (Feb 21, 2010)

UAE bans ANTONOV An-12 Aircraft
I congratulate the GCAA. Now lets the rest of the world, also do the same.


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