Panel To Hear Firstnation’s Appeal On Sanctions Begin Sitting Today

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said that the five-man Appeal Panel constituted hear the appeal filed by First Nation’s Airways against civil sanctions imposed on the airline begins sitting today.
The Panel is expected to sit for two days :today Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday,June 14, 2017, adding that the earlier time and venue remain unchanged.
Recalled that First Nation Airways and one of its pilots were fined by the regulatory N32 million and N1.5 million respectively for violation of safety regulations in November, 2016.
This was contained in a letter written to the airline on May 9, 2017, with reference number NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/17/163.
An online statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye stated that the airline was informed that the Chairman and members of the Panel have considered their request and fixed new dates for definite hearing and determination of the appeal.
NCAA said that procedurally, First Nation Airways and its pilot are requested to submit written witness statements and submissions in support of or against the appeal, adding this would be submitted in 10 hard and soft copies and forwarded to the Secretary of the Panel.
Firstnation, the regulatory said will thereafter distribute same to all members of the Panel before the due date, stressing that during the hearing of the appeal, the Appeal Panel may, at its discretion allow time for oral submissions if deemed necessary.
It added that members of the Appeal Panel are drawn from two other airline operators, a private aviation lawyer and observers from NCAA.
The statement said that NCAA while carrying out its statutory safety oversight responsibilities will continue to ensure fairness and responsiveness in our engagement with all the industry stakeholders.

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