By Adekunle Williams and Solomon Asowata
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has mandated all airline operators to comply with the recent Directive on Emergency Airworthiness issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The All Operators Letter (AOL) 070 requiring mandatory compliance with the FAA directive by every airliner was issued by the NCAA on Wednesday in Lagos.
The AOL was endorsed by Mr Kayode Ajiboye on behalf of Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director General, NCAA, and it was addressed to all airlines and aircraft owners for immediate compliance.
Usman said the issuance was sequel to a recent incident involving a South West Airlines – American Carrier in which one of its engine exploded mid-air.
“Upon the receipt of FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive AD 2018-09-51, NCAA 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,” he said.
The NCAA DG said it was established that only two operators had the aircraft type in question in their fleet.
He, however, noted that the ‘good news’ was that they were yet to reach the 30,000 cycles to which the Emergency AD requires immediate ultrasonic inspection of the fan blades within 20 days.
Usman said the authority went ahead to notify all the Nigerian operators about this development to enable them carry out the required inspection when it was eventually due.
He assured air travellers that the NCAA would continue to enforce compliance with safety regulations at all times for a safer aviation.
Usman added that any violations would be treated in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).