Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Tuesday, ordered the immediate, comprehensive audit of all airlines operating in the country to forestall complacency among the operators and ensure that they demonstrate absolute compliance with NCAA’s regulations.
Usman said the authority’s Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs) would continue to intensify routine ramp inspections to ensure sustenance of the confidence of air travellers in the industry.
The DG gave the directive in a statement in Lagos by NCAA’s General Manager, Public Affairs Fan Ndubuoke in line with the authority’s regulatory and oversight responsibilities.
He said that the pockets of incidents that had occurred recently were being taken seriously by the authority and the wholesale audit was one of the measures taken to forestall further incidents.
Industry sources said the Bristow helicopter which plunged into Lagos lagoon last Wednesday and claimed six lives out of the 12 on board might have prompted the NCAA to order the audit exercise.
Usman further said that it has sent out a stern warning to all pilots to take precautionary measures during adverse weather conditions.
“There should be strict adherence to states’ weather minima and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP),” he said.
Usman assured Nigerians that NCAA would continue to ensure that its regulations were strictly complied with.