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  • SAA, Mango, Kulula.com, and British Airways must inspect all their aircraft to see if they have "identified irregularities", the Civil Aviation Authority says.
  • The regulator did not specify what those irregularities are.
  • The "verification exercises" came after an inspection at SAA Technical, which services those fleets, found trouble with sampled aircraft.
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The SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says it did not ground planes operated by South African Airways and competitor Comair on Tuesday – but did order those companies to inspect all their aircraft for safety.

In a statement released late on Tuesday morning, the CAA said SAA, its low-cost brand Mango, and the Comair brands Kulula.com and British Airways in South Africa, were directed "to conduct a verification exercise on their fleet" to search for "irregularities".

The exercise was ordered after an audit of SAA Technical, which also services Comair.

See also: Here are all 12 flights British Airways, SAA, and Kulula have cancelled after a technical inspection – so far only for Tuesday

The CAA said it had sampled "a few aircraft" and grounded those, then told airlines to look for similar issues on other planes. It did not specify what the problem or problems were, or how serious they were.

If aircraft were found to be suffering from the unspecified irregularities, then corrective action had to be taken before they could fly again, the CAA said.

It did not say what that corrective action is.

The regulator described the airlines' decision to ground some of their planes as "self-grounding" and "precautionary measures" – and praised them for taking the matter so seriously.

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