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EU’s South Sudan Safety Revision, A sign of the country’s Flight Safety failings

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The European regulator’s decision to blacklist Sudan has barred aircraft belonging to the country’s airline companies from the European skies for over a decade now.

But South Sudan only became a republic in 2011, and authorities in the country are now under mounting pressures from European regulators amid fears that the country is not able to comply with international safety standards due to inadequate safety oversight by the aviation authorities and due to identified serious safety deficiencies.

South Sudan has been the scene of several accidents and incidents in the last three years. According to formal documentation detailing the revision, nine accidents and serious incidents have occurred in South Sudan, including the fatal crash of a South Sudan Supreme Airlines Let L-410, with the Colombian registration HK-4274, in March this year and the crash in early November of an Antonov An-26 bearing a Turkish registration, TR-NGT.

“In both cases, the authenticity of the registration marks has been put into question, as they would appear to no longer be valid, and consequently might have been used as fake registration marks,” says the documentation.

European representatives met with the civil aviation authority on 5 November in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, with the commission expressing its views to the authority over the South Sudanese situation and requested documents detailing its organizational structure, certification system, and oversight activities on certified airlines, according to FlightGlobal.

The Commission also sought information on aircraft registered in South Sudan, crew licensing and maintenance companies.

The authority provided documents on inspection and audit programmes, and reports on reviews of airlines and foreign-registered aircraft operating in South Sudan.

But while the authority also stated that improvements were being carried out in regulation and training, it “failed to provide the requested set of documents”, says the Commission.

South Sudan Supreme Airlines’ air operator’s certificate had been suspended, the civil aviation authority replied, and the suspicion over the registration had prompted a review of operators and certificates.

When the Commission had asked for the documents – setting a mid-October deadline – it emphasized that, given the safety-related nature of the request, a failure by the South Sudanese authority to submit the information would be “considered as a lack of co-operation”.

Any documentation received will undergo scrutiny by the Commission in order to decide whether South Sudan’s civil aviation authority will be invited to attend the next meeting of the European Union’s air safety committee – but, for the time being, South Sudanese operators will not be blacklisted.

About 97 companies from different countries are included in the EU safety list known as the blacklist which names airlines and countries banned from operating within the EU.

In most cases, we are talking about carriers from African countries, and airlines from Armenia, Afghanistan, Venezuela and other states also banned from flying to the EU. Carriers are subject to restrictions “due to inadequate safety oversight by the aviation authorities” and “due to identified serious safety deficiencies”.

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