Mexico Grounds Entire Airline After Finding Unsafe Planes

Mexico has grounded the Aviacsa airline temporarily after officials reported irregularities in the maintenance of 25 planes.

The Transportation and Communications Department says the low-cost domestic airline has 60 days to fix the problems.

The action effectively shuts operations at the airline, which says it has a fleet of 26 planes serving 17 Mexican cities and Las Vegas.

The department says the problems put passengers at risk, but Aviacsa has issued a statement denying any safety problems and accusing officials of violating a court order by grounding the planes.

There was no answer at Aviacsa's reservation or administration phone numbers Wednesday morning.