NIGERIAN Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has reacted to reports that made rounds yesterday, declaring it as false, claiming that an Azman Air aircraft declared an emergency in Abuja from Kano.
Describing the story as untrue, General Manager Public Affairs, NAMA, Khalid Emele in a statement made available to nigerianflightdeck.com, explained the situation.
Emele’s statement read, “The attention of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has been drawn to a misleading report by an online medium to the effect that an Azman aircraft from Kano enroute Abuja nearly ran out of fuel while “hovering in the air” (more appropriately, “held in the air”) for over an hour as it was prevented from landing. The story went on that the pilot contemplated returning to Kano before passengers prevailed on him to land without clearance from the control tower.”
“We are constrained to set the records straight and put things in proper perspective for the benefit of the flying public. The Nigerian Airforce is currently practising for their display on 1st October and an airspace was designated for them. All civil aircraft are held at a distance of about 20 – 30 nautical miles as military aircraft take off or land. The said Azman aircraft was held along with other aircraft in the course of separating traffic to ensure that the aircraft and their passengers land safely.”
“It is noteworthy to state that the Azman pilot did not declare any emergency. He was eventually given clearance by air traffic control to land when it was safe to do so. The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency hereby assures the public of the safety of the Nigerian airspace.”
Yesterday on its Twitter handle, Azman Air also debunked the story staying there was nothing further from the truth.