The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has imposed a fine of between N1.5 million and N2 million on three private airlines and suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of one other for 180 days for violating the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARs).
The General Manager, Public Relations of the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, who spoke today, Sunday in Lagos, said that the airline that have been so punished included both scheduled and non-scheduled operators.
According to him, the affected operators were caught when NCAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) visited their premises, adding that a number of deficiencies, including non-implementation of training programmes for maintenance personnel as required and irregularities concerning helicopter flight identification were discovered during the inspection.
“Also discovered were deliberate violation of the regulations, performing maintenance programme without necessary approval and the use of outdated manual.
“NCAA has directed that the maintenance personnel be trained immediately. NCAA wishes to assure all stakeholders that it will continue to ensure the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are strictly followed.”