Why Nigeria announces lifting of ban on Boeing 737 Max airplanes: NCAA

*The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says its decision to lift ban on Boeing 737 Max jets flying the country’s airspace is hinged on the FAA final rule/Airworthiness Directive mandating certain actions for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the two accidents involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in other lands 2019, and continued notifications on operational safety activities, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the lifting of the ban on Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in the country’s airspace.

Capt. Musa Nuhu the Director-General of the NCAA, in a communiqué, stated the approval is effective 12th February 2021.

Recall the subsequent upon the two accidents of Lion Air Flight 610, an Indonesia flight that crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff, and Ethiopian Airlines flight 320, which crashed six minutes after takeoff, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Honourable Minister for Aviation, had announced the ban on the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the Nigerian airspace.

The aviation regulator disclosed that on November 18, 2020, it received a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) CAN-2020-24, advising it of the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) ongoing continued operational safety activities related to returning Boeing Model 737-8 and 737-9 (737 MAX) aircraft service.

This, however, made the FAA issue a final rule/Airworthiness Directive (AD) that mandated the following actions for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft which includes:

Install new flight control computer software and new 737 MAX display system software;

Incorporate certain Airplane Flight Manual flight crew operating procedures, Modify horizontal stabiliser trim wire routing installations;

Conduct an angle of attack sensor system test; and

Conduct an operation readiness flight.

It recognises that a Joint Authority Technical Review (JATR) that comprised of International Aviation Authorities such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada (TC) and the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority amongst others carried out a joint review of the Boeing 737 MAX safety system alongside FAA and NASA.

In this regard, the FAA has released documents on Boeing 737 Flight Standardization Board Report, revision 17, identifying special pilot training for the 737 MAX and Safety Alert for Operators.

According to NCAA, it recognises the joint review of the Boeing 737 Max Safety System and came up with the following actions required of all foreign and domestic operators:

All intending domestic operators are required to work with the Boeing Company and NCAA for the Aircraft Type Certificate Acceptance Programme in order to have the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft registered in Nigeria and issued with a Standard Certificate of Airworthiness.

All foreign air operators that intend to operate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into Nigeria must submit evidence of compliance with the FAA AD 2020-24-02

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to ensure strict compliance to Safety Regulations as violation(s) will be viewed seriously.

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