Claim Carrier Lets Planes Fly With Known Problems
One day after they raised serious questions about safety at Air
Canada's low-cost subsidiary, Jazz... four mechanics have found
themselves suspended with pay.
Dave Avella, Grant Anastas, Ron Anstey and Gianni Ballestrin are
all now under investigation themselves, after telling the Toronto
Star the company forces them to release planes that have known
mechanical problems -- problems they say compromise flight
All four worked at the Jazz maintenance facility in Toronto...
and while they're currently out of work, their words may have
reached the ears the four wanted to reach. Transport Canada says
it'll launch an audit into the LCC's mechanical operations within
the next 90-days.
A Jazz spokeswoman says the airline will also investigate the
"The suspensions are so we can have some time to review the
concerns raised in the article and why the mechanics chose to take
that avenue when there are numerous internal options available to
them," said Jazz spokesperson Debra Williams to the Star.
The answer to that may lie in what other Jazz workers have to
say. Many of them tell reporters they've made complaints directly
to Transport Canada -- and there's been no response.
and company accused Jazz of cutting corners on maintenance and
repair procedures in order to avoid expensive flight delays. They
also say some mechanical work performed violates regulations.
According to the suspended mechanics, a Jazz flight takes off
with a known defect once a week. And when a mechanic refuses to
release a plane with such a mechanical problem, the four say
supervisors simply find another mechanic willing to sign off on the
Avella, Anastas... Anstey and Ballestrin weren't the only four
to talk with reporters about these allegations. In fact... about a
dozen others have been chatting it up with reporters over the past
three months. Those four were the only ones who okayed the use of