Ethiopian Crash: B737 MAX 8 not in operation in Nigeria—FG

Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of State, Aviation

…NCAA assures of safety of travellers

Posted by Sade Williams

Following concerns raised in some quarters about the operations of B737 MAX 8 aircraft, the type involved in the Ethiopian airline crash on Sunday, the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), have assured Nigerians of safety, saying the nation does not currently have any Boeing 737 Max on its register.

A statement signed by James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation and made available to The Travelport, quoted the minister, Hadi Sirika as saying that the NCAA has issued necessary advisory to the airlines.

According to the Minister, aviation is one the world over, and that any accident anywhere is a tragedy to the global aviation industry.

Nigeria, he says, identifies and commiserates  with the Ethiopian aviation authorities those who have lost loved ones, including two distinguished Nigerians, in their moment of grief.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the industry regulator in Nigeria, has issued the necessary advisory as it relates to the country, the Minister has confirmed. As we continue to mourn the ET crash in Addis, 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, please.” , he said.

While praying for the repose of the souls of the victims of the air mishap, Sirika assures the Nigerian flying public of the unalloyed commitment of the Buhari Administration to the creation of an environment that guarantees their safety and security in air transportation.

In the same vein, the NCAA in a statement signed by Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs, the NCAA  assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm.  Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 – Max 8 is not in operation in the Country.

It added that 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.

”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.

It would be recalled that an Ethiopian Airline B737 -Max 8 crashed on March 10, killing all the souls on board after which the Airline and some other countries have grounded the accident aircraft type in their operations.

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