Transport Canada Grounds Buffalo Airways

Popular Canadian airline shut down.

Buffalo Airways Curtiss C-46
Curtiss C-46Buffalo Airways

Transport Canada has grounded Buffalo Airways, the Northwest Territories airline made famous for the past six seasons on TV's "Ice Pilot NWT." In a press release, the regulator said it is suspending Buffalo Airways operating certificate because of its "poor safety record."

The suspension took effect Monday at 11:59 p.m.

"The department will not allow Buffalo Airways to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations," the release said.

Buffalo Airways provides cargo and passenger flights from its base in Hay River throughout the Northwest Territories and beyond in a vintage Douglas DC-3, DC-4, Lockheed L-188 Electra and Curtiss C-46. The airplanes are popular with TV viewers who follow the exploits of the airline's pilots and, in particular, Buffalo's gruff founder Joe McBryan.

Transport Canada says it consulted the airline in the lead-up to the suspension, which follows a history of incidents and regulatory "deficiencies."