Transport Canada grounds Quebec charter aviation company following audit
Firemen set up a yellow tarp near the crash site of an Aeropro Beechcraft King Air 100 in Quebec City, Wednesday June 23, 2010. The Beechcraft crashed shortly after take off near the airport. (Francis Vachon / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, August 1, 2010 4:36PM EDT
MONTREAL - Transport Canada has grounded a Quebec-based charter aviation company, effectively ending its air operations.
The agency revoked Aeropro's operating permit this weekend following an audit that found repeated violations of Canadian aviation regulations.
Aeropro is a 22-year-old company that runs business and recreational charters.
It says it has 250 employees based out of the Quebec City airport.
The move by Transport Canada comes on the heels of an Aeropro plane crash near the airport last June that killed seven people.
An Aeropro spokesman says the company was disappointed by the court's decision and takes passenger safety seriously.