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Damojh temporarily grounded in aftermath of Cuban crash

Mexican carrier Aerolineas Damojh has been temporarily grounded by civil aviation regulators while authorities verify that the carrier complies with operating requirements.

The measure, disclosed by the Mexican civil aviation authority DGAC, follows the fatal Boeing 737-200 accident at Havana on 18 May.

Damojh has been notified of a "temporary suspension of activities" while the verification work is being conducted, says the DGAC.

It states that the measure is intended to check that the airline meets and fulfils regulatory requirements as well as to assist with the collation of information to support accident investigators.

The DGAC says air transport operators are subject to annual checks to ensure that safety procedures are being followed – although unscheduled checks can be carried out if circumstances demand such action.

Every aircraft, it adds, needs to obtain an airworthiness certificate every two years.

Mexico City-based Damojh had previously been involved in a nose-gear failure at Puerto Vallarta, after which the carrier's operations were suspended for five weeks while issues were addressed.

The aircraft involved, a 737-200 (XA-UHY), was written off following the accident on 4 November 2010, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

Another suspension, involving one of the carrier's aircraft, followed an unscheduled inspection in November 2013.

Damojh's aircraft most recently renewed their airworthiness certificates in August and October last year, before an annual check on the airline which was conducted in November.

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