Investigators looked into the cargo airline safety standards before the disaster, and the plane crashed into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii.
The agency didn’t go into depth about Rhoades’ supposed flaws. The firm did not reply to phone and email queries seeking comment right away.
The FAA said the decision to stop the airline, which goes by the name Transair, is unrelated to the investigation into a Boeing 737 that crashed on July 2. After the midnight accident, the Coast Guard recovered two pilots.
This week, the firm has one jet left in service, a Boeing 737-200 similar to the one that crashed.
The FAA said it started looking into Rhoades Aviation’s maintenance and safety policies last autumn and informed the business two weeks before the disaster that it planned to withdraw its permission to conduct maintenance inspections. The firm failed to challenge the FAA’s judgment within the minimum 30-day period if it wanted the matter reviewed, according to the FAA.
After informing an air traffic controller that one of the jet’s engines had lost power, the pilots sought to return to Honolulu, fearing that the other engine on the 46-year-old plane might also fail. The wreckage of the jet was discovered by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, but the data recorders, which may offer clues as to what caused the plane to go down, have yet to be retrieved.