Southwest incident: NCAA mandates compliance with FAA directive by airline operators



By Sade Williams


 The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has issued an All Operators Letter (AOL) 070 requiring mandatory compliance with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Emergency Airworthiness Directive by all operators in Nigeria forthwith.


The AOL which was endorsed by Engr. Kayode Ajiboye on behalf of Capt Muhtar Usman, Director General NCAA dated 23rd April, 2018 addressed to all airlines and aircraft owners is for immediate compliance.


The issuance was an aftermath of a recent incident involving a South West Airlines (American Carrier) in which one of its engine exploded mid-air and the attendant Airworthiness Directives issued by FAA.


A statement signed by Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman, said upon the receipt of FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive AD 2018-09-51, the Authority swung into action by carrying out a review on all the airlines to determine the operators of aircraft type with CFM56-7B engines that are essentially affected by the circular.


“It was established that only two operators have the aircraft type in question in their fleet but the good news is that they are yet to reach the 30,000 cycles to which the Emergency AD requires immediate ultrasonic inspection of the fan blades within 20 days.


“However the Authority went ahead to notify all the Nigerian operators about this development to enable them carry out the required inspection when it is eventually due.


“Nigeria air travellers are assured that the Authority will continue to enforce compliance with Safety Regulations at all times for a safer aviation and any violations will be treated in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs)”, the statement read.

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