The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited.
The action according to the NCAA is due to the series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft.
In a statement signed by the Director General, NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu, the suspension of Azman air Boeing 737 aircraft is in pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015.
The statement adds that, the suspension is to enable the Authority conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall recurrence.
The NCAA says, it regrets the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman air passengers but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised.
The NCAA DG assures, the authority will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will viewed any violations seriously.
Azman Air on its twitter handled announced it is suspending all its flight operations to pave way for a full safety audit by the regulator.
According to the airline on its twitter handle, ” due to our strong stance on safety, @AzmanAir will be undergoing an Audit of its safety processes as supervised by the regulators”.
It adds,” In this regards, All our operations is hereby suspended”.
This action by the airline may not be unconnected with the recent serious incident recorded at the Lagos Airport when one of its airplane had a burst tyre on landing on the 16th of February, 2021.
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB), had in a statement says investigation has since commenced into the serious incident.
“A Boeing 737-500 with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-SYS belonging to Azman Air, which occurred around 5:55pm (Local Time) on 16th February, 2021.
The aircraft had 49 passengers and 6 crew members onboard and was en-route Lagos from Abuja when it had burst tyres on landing on Runway 18R of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and there was no fatality or injury.