The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says the country is in its third year of zero air accident, with 2017 recorded as the safest year so far, not just in the country but globally.
“The year 2017 witnessed zero accident in all categories of flights. This is the third year of zero accident in Nigeria in any air transport category,” the Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, said.
According to him, this has been made possible through improved safety in civil aviation; improvement in navigational aids; development of global strategies for safety in air transportation; maintenance of standards and recommended practices; and monitoring of safety trends and indicators.
Usman added that the implementation of targeted safety programmes and the NCAA’s sustained robust regulations as well as well-trained aviation safety inspectors and airlines’ adherence to standard operating procedures also contributed.
At the recent second quarter 2018 Business Breakfast Meeting of the Aviation Round Table in Lagos, where he was represented by the Director, Consumer Complaints Directorate, NCAA, Capt. Adamu Abdullahi, Usman had stated that in order to ensure the sustenance of the safety record, the regulator had enforced 90 sanctions on airlines and their personnel between October 2014 and December 2017.
“A total number of five airlines, 15 pilots, five cabin crew members and four engineers were sanctioned. One private security outfit was suspended and four approved maintenance organisations were sanctioned. There will be no going back on enforcement,” he said.