The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has clarified that as at 12th March, 2019, there is no aircraft Boeing 737 Max operating in Nigeria.
The statement was a reaction to the recent Ethiopian fatal air crash involving the aircraft, and the global controversy raised. Boeing would subsequently recall the aircraft, with many nations announcing operational bans on use of the aircraft in their airspace.
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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboya further clarified:
”Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country. 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 aircrafts in operation within the Nigerian airspace”
Many countries have placed bans on the Boeng 737 Max 8
He also added that the NCAA will continue to seek for the safety of all Nigerians:
“This is to assure the public that NCAA will continue to ensure that safety regulations are strictly adhered to for the safety of all in Nigeria. Our heart is with the Airline and families of the victims of the accident.”
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Also, the Nigerian Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has also confirmed this claim. He explained that the country does not have any Boeing 737 Max on its register. He ended by assuring Nigerian that there is no cause for alarm for air travelers.
Through his spokesman James Odaudu, he said:
“As we continue to mourn the crash in Addis Ababa, and pray for the victims, we wish to reassure Nigerians that we do not have any Boeing 737 Max on Nigeria’s register to worry about. Civil Aviation Authority has issued the needed advisory.”
He also went forward to extend his condolence to those who lost their lives in the course of the incident.
“Aviation is one the world over, and any accident anywhere is a tragedy to the global aviation industry. Nigeria identifies and commiserates with the Ethiopian aviation authorities and those who have lost loved ones, including two distinguished Nigerians, in their moment of grief.”
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The tragic Ethiopian airlines crash has put the 737 Max 8 in the negative spotlight
Meanwhile, many countries around the world continue to ban and ground Boeing 737 Max from their airspace.