Friday , 7 October 2022
NAMA

NAMA slams Max Air over ‘epileptic’ ILS statement

  • Expresses confidence in  AIB’s ability to investigate the incident

NIGERIAN Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has contrary to statements attributed to Max Air that the incident at the Minna Airport was as a result an epileptic Instrument Landing System (ILS) that nothing could be furthest from the truth as its ILS are working at optimal

The statement made available and signed by the General Manager Public Affairs NAMA, Khalid Emele revealed that the Instrument Landing System was successfully calibrated early this year {2019} and there has been no report of non-alignment by the equipment from pilots since then.

The airspace managers also stated that other operators that have used the facility after the incident yesterday have not complained about the ILS malfunctioning.

The statement read,” The attention of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has been drawn to a press release issued by Max Air Ltd on the incident involving its aircraft, a Boeing 747-400 with registration No. 5N-DBK at Minna airport on Saturday, the 7th of September, 2019.

“In the said release, the airline’s director of operations, Capt. Ibrahim Dilli attributed the unfortunate incident among other things, to the Instrument Landing System at the airport which he said was “epileptic with unreliable signals.”

“While we acknowledge that we have absolute confidence in the ability of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to conduct a thorough investigation (which is ongoing), we are constrained to however put things in proper perspective for the benefit our airspace users and the flying public.

“The reported weather on the day in question was 10km visibility in nil weather.

“Secondly, the said Instrument Landing System was successfully calibrated early this year {2019} and there has been no report of non-alignment by the equipment from pilots since then. Other operators that have used the facility after the incident have not complained about the ILS malfunctioning.

“Thirdly, NAMA has made available other alternative approaches like the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) approach procedures and Very High Omni-directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) approach procedures which are alternatives to the ILS.

The agency therefore wishes to reassure airspace users and the general public that the Nigerian airspace remains safe for air travel.

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