Aerocalifornia suspended for 90 days

Suspended airline Aerocalifornia SA has 90 days to address “systemic” safety problems or face losing its license to fly, the head of Mexico’s civil aviation authority told Dow Jones news wire. The government grounded the low-cost airline on Sunday following a two-week review of the company’s operations, which discovered that the Aerocalifornia was cannibalizing parts from decommissioned planes, among other safety concerns.

The inspection was a follow-up to one conducted over a year ago that had turned up apparently more isolated safety violations.

“The problem has escalated to a higher category of deterioration,” said Gilberto Lopez, head of aviation for Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry, at a press conference.