The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday, suspended Bristow Helicopter’s aircraft type SikorskyS-76C++ from further operations in Nigeria due to the successive mishaps of the said aircraft type on the coastal waters of Lagos.
Disclosing this development to aviation reporters at the NCAA Annex, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos, Director General of NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman affirmed that the aircraft type had been suspended till further notice pending when the authority will carry out a full audit on it.
Bristow Helicopters have crash-landed twice on the Lagos coastal waters within the space of six months. The first incidence which occurred around the Oworonsoki end of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos claimed the lives of all 12 passengers on board. Luckily, the 11passanger involved in yesterday’s crash Captain Usman said “On the heels of the Bristow Helicopter’s controlled ditching yesterday, 3rd February 2016, I consider it expedient to communicate to you certain decisions that the Authority has taken concerning the incident.”
“These decisions are without prejudice to the investigations being conducted by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). As a matter of fact, it will serve to assist the entire process. The Authority will fully support AIB in the investigation”
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has therefore decided to suspend the operation of the Bristow Helicopters SikorskyS-76C++ type till further notice” Usman stressed.”
The NCAA boss pointed out that the suspension was necessary because of previous crashes of the airline involving it’s aircraft type adding that it was only responsible for the Regulatory Authority to stem the rapidity of the occurrences and ensure that the airline carry out safe flight operations henceforth.
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