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Charter airline grounded again by FAA

March 9, 1997

ATLANTA (AP) _ AvAtlantic, a charter airline that leased a plane used by Bob Dole during the presidential campaign, has been grounded for safety reasons, federal officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the order Friday for the Savannah-based airline, which was suspended for the second time in a year.

Among the 33 violations cited were a plane that flew with a cracked pilot’s windshield, one that traveled with low engine oil and another that operated near thunderstorms without radar. The order cites more than 20 incidents from November to late January.

The FAA will hold the airline’s operating certificate until the company, owned by HCL Aviation Inc., can prove it has corrected all the problems in the order and can operate safely, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen B. Bergen.

The airline was grounded for a week last year because of questionable training of flight attendants.

Airline officials did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

AvAtlantic operated seven Boeing 727 jets for charter and lease to other airlines, including one plane used by Dole.

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