Australia grounds Victorian-made planes following Swedish crash that killed nine

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has suspended operations of 63 Victorian-made planes after the accident in Umeo on 14 July that claimed nine lives.

The GippsAero GA8 aircrafts, manufactured in Australia by GippsAero and based in Latrobe Valley, have been grounded after the crash that killed all the nine on board.

Authorities in a statement said they had temporarily suspended all flights pending the outcome of an investigation by Swedish and European authorities.

The suspension will be for up to 15 days from 20 July to midnight 3 August and affects all GA8 aircraft operating in Australia and all Australian-registered GA8 aircraft operating overseas.

There are 63 GA8 aircraft registered in Australia out of a worldwide fleet of 228.

The GA8 is a single-engine high-wing aeroplane with fixed tricycle landing gear. In Australia, the GA8 is used in a range of operations including charter, aerial work and parachuting.

CASA said the authority had been working closely with Sweden and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

An airworthiness engineer has since been sent to Sweden to observe the accident investigation and collect safety information.

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