From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has dispel rumours of airlines operating the troubled Boeing 737- Max 800 model in Nigeria following the safety concerns been express by travellers around the world as a result the two crashes involving the aircraft type in Indonesia and Ethiopia with five months interval.
The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft killing 157 onboard on Sunday morning moment after taking off from Addis Ababa threw the aviation industry into panic worldwide following a similar accident involving a Lion Air Boeing 737-Max 800. Both aircraft are relatively new in the airlines fleets after been launched in 2017.
The NCAA, in an electronic statement assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm. It affirmed that presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 – Max 8 is not in operation in the Country.
The statement, signed by the General Manager, Public Relation, Mr. Sam Adurogboye stated that “ However , the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.”
It would be recalled that an Ethiopian Airline B737 -Max 8 crashed on Sunday 10th March, 2019 killing all the souls on board after which the Airline and some other countries have grounded the accident aircraft type in their operations.
“This is to assure the public that NCAA will continue to ensure that safety regulations are strictly adhere to for the safety of all in Nigeria.
Our heart is with the Airline and families of the victims of the accident”, the industry regulatory agency said further.