• CASA has temporarily ordered all Airvans out of the air. (Steve Hitchen)
    CASA has temporarily ordered all Airvans out of the air. (Steve Hitchen)

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has temporarily grounded all Airvan 8s after a parachuting accident in Sweden last week.

Nine people were killed when the Airvan crashed near Umea in Northern Sweden on 14 July.

Swedish investigators have expressed concerns that the aircraft broke up in flight.

"CASA has temporarily suspended GA8 operations as a precautionary step pending the outcome of further investigation by Swedish and European authorities," the CASA announcement released last Saturday stated.

"The temporary suspension will be for up to 15 days from midnight 20 July to midnight 03 August 2019 and affects all GA8 aircraft operating in Australia and all Australian registered GA8 aircraft operating overseas.

"CASA has written to all Australian operators of GA8 aircraft advising them of the temporary suspension and reminding them of their obligation to comply with all applicable GA8 Airworthiness Directives issued by CASA.

"CASA has also written to all National Aviation Authorities who have GA8 aircraft operating in their jurisdiction advising them that CASA has imposed a 15-day temporary operating suspension on these aircraft.

"CASA has been working closely with the Swedish and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In response to CASA temporarily suspending GA8 operations in Australia, EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive to European GA8 aircraft owners and operators to not operate the aeroplane except for ferry flights."

There are around 228 Airvan 8s operating around the world, with 63 in Australia.

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