Comores Aviation sues Transport Minister over BAe 146 grounding

Comores Aviation International is suing the Comorian Minister of Transport and Tourism over an order he issued forbidding the takeoff of the airline’s BAe 146. The Minister issued the order on 23 February, allegedly in response to poor reliability of the aircraft. Comores Aviation obtained a court order lifting the grounding, and the 146 was able to depart on her planned flight to Dar es Salam that day, albeit with considerable delay. The airline is now suing the government for damages, alleging abuse of power. Comores Aviation has been leasing BAe 146-200 D6-BJH (msn E2030) from African Airline Investments since late 2008; she is used on inter-island flights within the Comores and on some international flights.

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