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Safety: NCAA suspends all wet-leased aircraft in United Nigeria Airlines as Minister summons heads of Aviation agencies

*Festus Keyamo, SAN, Honourable Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development will meet with the Heads of agencies in the Aviation sector, including the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency and Federal Airports Authority Nigeria, to discuss the recent accidents, and deliberate on measures to avert further occurrences in the country’s airspace

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the recent incident involving the aviation firm’s aircraft, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended all the wet-leased aircraft in the operations of United Nigeria Airlines (UNA).

ConsumerConnect learnt the suspension is likely in connection with the diversion of the Abuja-bound flight from Lagos to Asaba Airport Sunday, November 26, 2023, by the cabin crew of the airline.

The aviation sector regulatory agency Monday reportedly took the decisive action against UNA after an emergency meeting held at its headquarters in Abuja, FCT, a source close to the agency said.

At the meeting, the NCAA inspectors were not convinced about the claim of the airline that its crew diverted to Asaba following the bad weather situation at Abuja Airport, report noted.

It was gathered that all the wet-leased aircraft in the company’s fleet would remain suspended until after the conclusion of the investigation into the Sunday incident.

The NCAA’s decision has been communicated to the airline via a letter Monday, according to report.

Keyamo summons heads of aviation agencies over safety concerns

Meanwhile, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Honourable Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, has invited the Heads of aviation agencies over recurring safety issues in the industry in Nigeria.

A statement from the Ministry indicates that Keyamo would meet with the Heads of aviation industry agencies Monday, November 27, in Abuja, FCT.

The concerned aviation agencies include the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Federal Airport Authority Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The statement said the Minister would meet with them “to discuss the recent accidents in the sector and will thereafter brief the press on the outcome of the deliberation to avert such occurrences.”

It is recalled there was drama on Flight NUA 0504 from the Lagos Airport Sunday when some Abuja-bound passengers were flown to Asaba Airport, in Delta State.

The cabin crew, upon landing in Asaba, reportedly told the passengers that they had arrived at Abuja Airport, creating confusion among the passengers.

The airline later blamed “poor weather” for the diversion of the flight.

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