The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has completed a thorough and comprehensive technical audit of all operational aircraft in the fleet of Air Peace airline and found them airworthy.
This was made known in a statement today by the spokesperson at NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye who said the regulatory authority carried out the audit to ensure that the airline is in compliance with the extant civil aviation regulations in the country and to prevent the reoccurrence of the incident.
“NCAA has just concluded has just completed a thorough technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft with a view to ensuring the airline is in compliance with extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), and to mitigate the re-occurrence of the incident,” NCAA said.
The agency added that the technical audit was not limited to this recent incident involving a B737-300 aircraft with Registration Marks 5N- BQO which crash landed on the runway R 18 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The regulatory authority which affirmed that all the operational aircraft on the fleet of Air Peace Limited are airworthy, 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 scrutinised” added, “It revealed that all the operational aircraft on the fleet of Air Peace Limited are airworthy”.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at about 10.28 am an Air Peace B737-300 aircraft with Registration Marks 5N- BQO crash landed on the runway R 18 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is, however currently carrying out an indepth 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 Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13. The Authority awaits the conclusion and report of the AIB.
The regulatory authority said, “This is to assure the flying public that all the aircraft on the fleet of NCAA authorised Air Operators Certificate (AOC) holders operating in Nigeria are airworthy,” even as it vowed to continue to ensure only airworthy aircraft are permitted to operate.