…Fines Affected Carriers N1M, N2M For Violating NCARs
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has disclosed that it has suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of one of the airlines for 180 days for violating the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).
This is just as it also revealed that it has fined four erring and un-named operators between N1.5million — N2million for various degrees of violations.
An online statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, explained that the affected airlines, whose name the regulatory body declined to mention includes both scheduled and non scheduled operators.
The statement further stated that during a spot inspection carried out by NCAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on those operators, a number of deficiencies, including non implementation of training programmes of maintenance personnel as required, irregularities concerning Helicopter flight identification, deliberate violation of the Regulations, performing maintenance programme without necessary approval and using outdated manual were discovered.
All these findings, NCAA stated were found to be in violation of the Regulations.
It added that based on these, the unnamed operators were fined ranging from N1.5million — N2million while the operator involved in deliberate violation of the Regulations had its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) suspended for 180 days.
The statement however said that the authority ensured that the affected personnel in question in the employment of one of the erring airlines are trained accordingly.
“NCAA wishes to re-assure all stakeholders that it will continue to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] are strictly followed. The authority expects strict compliance with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations in the future and violations will be viewed seriously,” the statement said.