Safety breaches: NCAA suspends Azman Air operations with immediate effect

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended operations of Azman Air with immediate effect.

A statement signed by the Director General of NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu said the suspension followed series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft with bordered on safety.

Nuhu explained that the suspension of the airline’s operations is in line with 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.

He said that by this suspension, all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, has been with effect from March 15, 2021.

“The suspension is to enable the Authority conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall re-occurrence,” the statement read.

The NCAA ‘expressed regrets over the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman Air passengers but that the need to ensure the safety of air transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised.’

Nuhu added that NCAA will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will viewed any violation(s) seriously.

It would be recalled that the carrier back in November 2019, suffered an incidence of air return following a fire eruption aboard a Lagos-Abuja bound Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number ZQ 2323.

The aircraft which was carrying close to 135 passengers had to make an air return 10 minutes after take-off after fire alarm alerted the crew who rushed to put off the fire.

On Monday, September 13, 2020, hundreds of passengers of the airline were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos as a result of the sudden cancellation of its morning flight to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.

Also in February, 16, 2021, the airline’s airplane a Boeing 737-500 with registration number 5N-SYS had a tyre burst at the 18R runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos, dedicated to international flights.

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