Qatar Airways loss
April 01, 2018
Flag carrier, Qatar Airways, announced that the airline sustained a substantial loss in the 2017 financial year. Airline officials reportedly stated the extensive blockade imposed on Qatar by other gulf states has severely impacted operations. As a result of the blockade, the airline has been forced to cease services to over 18 destinations and has also been met with increased fuel and operating costs.

WestWind Aviation crash initial findings
April 01, 2018
The initial investigation into the WestWind Aviation accident, which resulted in an ATR-42 impacting ground shortly after take-off, has found the aircraft had not been properly de-iced prior to departure. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) reported the aircraft had experienced icing conditions in the previous landing at Fond-du-Lac. As is normal procedure, the aircraft anti-icing systems were engaged however, residual ice remained attached to parts of the airframe, which subsequently resulted in degraded aerodynamic performance for the following flight.

Russian pilots to be re trained
April 01, 2018
The Russian Federal air transport regulator, Rosaviatsia, has offered to re-train and re-certify pilots whose commercial certification was cancelled by the regulator. South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk reportedly did not possess the necessary permits and qualified personnel to train and certify commercial pilot licences. This resulted in Rosaviatsia cancelling over 45 certifications with a further 19 under investigation.


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