Paukn Air has decided not to resume operations, which were suspended following the crash of one of their two BAe 146-100s near Melilla on 25 September 1998, and the departure of their second aircraft for heavy maintenance soon thereafter. Although the airline had at first planned to continue operations, and were looking for a new aircraft to replace the one that crashed, a decision was ultimately made close down the three-year-old airline. Pauknair and BAe-AMJ are working together to arrange for the return of the remaining BAe 146 and find a new lessee for the remainder of the lease period. Ironically, the lease on this aircraft and its sister ship had been renewed on the day before the crash.
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