Africa: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspends Azman Air operations over safety concerns

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) has suspended the operations of one the country’s domestic carrier, Azman Air over safety concerns.

The regulatory agency wielded the big stick on the airline’s operations following series of incidents involving the carrier’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

According to newsbulletinng.com, the suspension is coming on the heels of the recent serious incident involving an Azman aircraft that had a burst tyre on landing at the Lagos airport on the 16th of February.

The Director General, NCAA Capt. Musa Nuhu, who announced this via a press statement says, the suspension of Azman air Boeing 737 aircraft is in pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015.

Capt. Nuhu explains that, the suspension is to enable the Authority conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall recurrence.

“We regrets the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman air passengers but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised”.

He adds,” we will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will view any violations seriously.

Early this morning the message on airline’s twitter page read, “Due to our strong stance on safety, @AzmanAir will be undergoing an Audit of its safety processes as supervised by the regulators”.

“In this regards, All our operations is hereby suspended”.
” We are on our toes to restore operations within a short period”.

Azman Air had earlier issued a release that it was undergoing an Audit of its safety Process as supervised by the regulators and will be suspending its operations.

The airlines on its twitter handle said: “We are on our toes to restore operations within a short period. We understand the impact of these disruptions on your Travels and we deeply apologize. These actions ARE imminent as there is need for reposition to serving you better. We are setting an unrivalled Pace to showcase our commitment to your safety and we Promise to be BACK & BETTER”

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