By Gboyega Oni
All airline operators in the Nigerian aviation industry have been mandated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to comply with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Emergency Airworthiness Directive forthwith.
The mandatory compliance by all operators was contained in the All Operators Letter (AOL) 070 issued by NCAA on April 23, 2018 and signed by Engineer Kayode Ajiboye on behalf of Capt Muhtar Usman, Director General NCAA.
According to a press statement made available to PortNews by Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA, ‘the issuance was an aftermath of a recent incident involving a South West Airlines (American Carrier) in which one of its engine exploded mid-air and the attendant Airworthiness Directive issued by FAA.
‘Upon the receipt of FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive AD 2018-09-51, NCAA swung into action by carrying out a review on all the airlines to determine the operators of aircraft type with CFM56-7B engines that are essentially affected by the circular.’
Interestingly, only two operators are said to have the aircraft type in question in their fleet but the good news is that they are yet to reach the 30,000 cycles to which the Emergency AD requires immediate ultrasonic inspection of the fan blades within 20 days.
Nonetheless, NCAA has notified all Nigerian operators about this development to enable them carry out the required inspection when it is eventually due.
‘Nigeria air travellers are assured that the authority will continue to enforce compliance with Safety Regulations at all times for a safer aviation and any violations will be treated in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs),’ noted Engineer Kayode Ajiboye.