By Pearl Ngwama
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that all the aircraft in the fleet of Air Peace Nigeria Limited are airworthy.
The NCAA declared this after it concluded a thorough technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft with a view to ensuring the airline follows extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), and to mitigate the re-occurrence of any incident.
The Authority in a statement made available to aviation journalists yesterday said: “This technical audit was not limited to this recent incident. The airline operational, technical and safety performance in the last twelve months were also scrutinized.
“It revealed that all the operational aircraft on the fleet of Air Peace Limited are airworthy.
“This is to assure the flying public that all the aircraft on the fleet of NCAA authorized Air Operators Certificate (AOC) holders operating in Nigeria are airworthy.”
According to the statement the Authority shall continue to ensure only airworthy aircraft are permitted to operate.
On Tuesday, the 23rd of July 2019, at about 10.28 am an Air Peace B737-300 aircraft with Registration Marks 5N- BQO had an incident on landing at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NCAA immediately carried out an audit on the airline to ascertain the airworthiness and safety of Air Peace and thereafter assured that the airline is safe.
Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is currently carrying out an in-depth investigation into the incident to determine the immediate and remote causes responsible for this particular incident as required by International Standards stipulated in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13.
The NCAA said it awaits the conclusion and report of the AIB.