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Costa Rica suspends Nature Air during ongoing investigation of fatal Cessna Caravan accident
13 January 2018

Costa Rica’s aviation authority (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) suspended the Nature Air’s AOC on January 12, 2018, over safety issues.

DGAC Costa Rica made this decision because several key employees were no longer with the company. Nature Air’s pilot training director died in the accident on December 31 while the operations manager quit and the safety manager had requested a leave of absence.

DGAC states that Nature Air only has 3 crews for the coverage of all flight routes, including the safety manager who is currently on sick leave.

Update:

The suspension was lifted in February 2018. Financial difficulties prevented the airline from being able to operate flights. This situation caused the DGAC to issue an indefinite suspension of the airline’s AOC on May 2, 2018.

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