WASHINGTON (AP) -- Emery Worldwide Airlines suspended its air carrier operations Monday under an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Washington Post said the FAA had found so many maintenance problems that it was preparing to ground the Emery fleet.
Emery's parent, CNF Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., said a separate unit, Emery Worldwide air freight company, will continue full-scale operations.
"There will be no interruption of freight service and Emery air freight will meet all of the day-to-day operating requirements of our customers, both in North America and around the world," said Chutta Ratnathicam, chief executive of Emery Worldwide.
CNF's statement did not address the maintenance issue.
The Post quoted FAA officials as saying they conducted four major inspections of the airline over the past 18 months and found numerous problems and discrepancies. Even with the increased attention, Emery reportedly failed to fix the problems and failed to properly oversee the work of its maintenance contractors.
A spokeswoman for the FAA confirmed that the agency had met with Emery officials, but would not say what was talked about, the Post said.
The FAA is looking into crashes of Emery aircraft that may have been caused by maintenance problems. The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a hearing Monday into the crash of an Emery jet Feb. 16, 2000, near Sacramento, Calif., that killed the plane's three crewmen.
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