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Nippon Cargo Airlines to temporarily suspend operations

NCA Cargo to temporarily suspend operations

2018 06 18

2018 06 18

Japanese cargo operator Nippon Cargo Airlines will temporarily ground its fleet of freight planes after government inspectors discovered that the firm has been keeping incorrect maintenance records.

The transport ministry began inspecting the Narita-based company last month after it was found to be negligent in reporting serious damage to its planes on multiple occasions.

The inspection uncovered inaccuracies in aircraft maintenance records. Nippon Cargo Airlines told the ministry that it will suspend operations of all 11 jumbo jets, starting with flights that were due to leave airports in Japan on Saturday. The company will keep the jets grounded while it carries out safety checks.

The company operates cargo services linking Japan and other countries, including services that run directly between foreign cities. The goods that it transports include precision machinery and foods that require temperature control.

Officials at the firm said the safety checks will likely take at least one week. They added that they will do their best to ensure the fleet is safe to fly before resuming operations.

The transport ministry is considering taking disciplinary measures against the company.

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