One of the two foreign registered carriers grounded in Nigeria, Gama Aviation limited of the United Kingdom has been released by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after paying the mandatory fine of N7million in accordance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).
The other, a Mexican carrier has not paid its fine of N1million and is still grounded although both aircraft and their owners are still under investigation.
According to the acting General manager Public Affairs, Mr. Sam Adurogboye in a telephone conversation with Nigerian Flight Deck, he revealed that regulation wise the carrier had fulfilled the country’s requirement and so it was allowed to go inasmuch as it was still under investigation.
He explained that there were still other investigations ongoing, most of them security and also stated that the regulators would get to the route of the matter.
Recall last week that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) grounded two foreign registered aircraft, a Bombardier 700-100 with registration marks G-RBEN Global express S/N 9083 operated by Gama Aviation, United (UK) Limited and Embraer 135 J with registration marks XA-MHA.
The operator of G-RBEN aircraft were found operating in Nigeria’s airspace with falsified flight clearance information and conducting illegal domestic flight operations in Nigeria.
Other infractions are conducting illegal commercial revenue flight operations contrary to conditions contained in Nig. Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 10 and security violations.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the Embraer 135BJ registration marks XA-MHA was reported to have landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from London, Farnborough without any flight clearance on the 10th of September, 2015.
Reports from the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) indicated that the crew informed them that they possess a ministerial approval for the flight. However, on landing; the crew could not produce any ministerial approval as claimed.
The BD 700-100 is a United Kingdom Air Operators Certificate (AOC) holder and has been carrying out several domestic operations between Abuja and Lagos without the Authority’s Permit/Certification in accordance with Nigerian CARs Part 10.