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GRAY LINE AIR GROUNDS 3 OF ITS 4 AIRPLANES

Westates Airlines Inc. of Rochester, which does business in Niagara Falls as Gray Line Air, has grounded three of its four airplanes after inspectors "found numerous maintenance and record-keeping discrepancies," the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.

Westates' fleet consists of four Convair 580 planes, one of which is undergoing maintenance, according to the FAA. A Gray Line Air official said Monday that the company was "still in operation, but we have voluntarily grounded our planes."

Gray Line has operated flights between Niagara Falls International Airport and Newark, and Westates has conducted operations at Greensboro, N.C.; Miami, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Cap-Haiten, Haiti,
according to the FAA.

The company has provided both charter and scheduled air service, and it is an authorized commercial and charter air service, according to the FAA.

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