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Transport Canada suspends Buffalo Airways’ AOC over safety issues
3 December 2015
A Buffalo Airways Douglas DC-3C following an accident in August 2013 at Yellowknife (TSB)

A Buffalo Airways Douglas DC-3C following an accident in August 2013 at Yellowknife (TSB)

Transport Canada suspended Buffalo Airways’ Air Operator Certificate over safety issues. The suspension went into effect on November 30, 2015.

The airline is now prohibited from providing commercial air services.

According to a statement by Transport Canada,  the action was taken “in the interest of public safety because of Buffalo Airways’ poor safety record.” The department will not allow Buffalo Airways to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations.

The ASN Database shows that the airline lost at least four aircraft since 2000, though no one was killed in any of these accidents. The most recent accident occurred on 25 September 2015 when a Curtiss C-46 Commando made a forced belly landing at Déline, Canada. The aircraft had suffered a loss of oil in one engine and a propeller overspeed.

Update:

The suspension was lifted by Transport Canada on January 12, 2016.

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