55. Suspension or cancellation of certificate of airworthiness or special certificate of airworthinessand its continued validity- (1) The certificate of airworthiness or special certificate of airworthiness of an aircraft shall be deemed to be suspended when an aircraft-
(a) ceases or fails to conform with the requirement of these rules, in respect of operation, maintenance, modification, repair, replacement, overhaul, process or inspection, applicable to that aircraft; or
(b) is modified or repaired other wise than in accordance with the provisions of these rules; or
(c) suffers major damage; or
(d) develops a major defect which would affect the safety of the aircraft or its occupants in subsequent flights.
(2) If, at any time, the Director-General is satisfied that reasonable doubt exists as to the safety of an aircraft or as to the safety of the type to which that aircraft belongs, he may -
(a) suspend or cancel the
(b) require the aircraft or an aircraft component or an item of equipment of that aircraft to undergo such modification, repair, replacement, overhaul, inspection including flight tests and examination under the supervision of an approved person as the Director-General may specify, as a condition of the certificate of airworthiness remaining in force.
(3) Subject to sub-rule (4), an aircraft shall not be flown during any period for which itscertificate of airworthiness or special certificate of airworthiness is suspended or deemed to be suspended.
(4) Where the certificate of airworthiness or the special certificate of airworthiness of an aircraft is suspended or deemed to be suspended, the Director-General may, upon an application by the owner or operator, issue a special flight permit under rule 55A.
[Substituted by GSR No. 1202 dated 23-7-1976; and
Amended by GSR No 721(E) dated 23-6-2017]
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