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Mexican authorities suspend Global Air operations during investigation

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexican authorities have temporarily suspended the operations of Global Air, the Mexican airline that owns the Boeing 737 in which 110 died in the recent Havana plane crash.

In a statement, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation says that the company’s operations will remain temporarily suspended while investigations are under way.

“The company is being notified of the temporary suspension of activities while the verification is being carried out,” the company said in a statement.

According to Civil Aeronautics, Global Air will undergo a “major extraordinary verification” in order to verify if the company complied with all the required regulations and to “gather information” about the accident.

The company, registered under the name Damojh Airlines, has a fleet of three aircraft and so far, had authorization to charter planes and crew to other companies such as Cubana de Aviación, the company that operated the flight.

Mexican authorities report that Global Air had already been temporarily suspended from operations twice during the past eight years.

On November 4, 2010, an aircraft belonging to the company had to make an emergency landing in the Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta due to a technical failure. That landing resulted in a suspension of activities for the airline between November and December of that year.

Another aircraft was suspended between October 2013 and January of 2014 as a result of the demand made by Marco Aurelio Hernández, captain of the company, who denounced technical irregularities in the operation of the aircraft.

However, Global Air successfully passed the last annual verification carried out by Mexican authorities in November 2017, and has an air services explorer certificate valid until January 20, 2020.

Civil Aeronautics claimed in the statement that “it seeks to guarantee the maximum security of the air operations” and therefore, will carry out an “extraordinary verification” of the company during the suspension of its activities.

The plane crashed May 18 shortly after taking off from the Havana airport. The plane was carrying 113 passengers of which, seven were Mexican crew members. Only three women survived the crash. All seven Mexican crew members died.

The aircraft covered the national route between Havana and Holguín, a province almost 700 kilometers from the capital where 67 of the 110 victims resided.