Ban on Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft lifted by NCAA in the Nigerian Airspace

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The ban which was placed on the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in the Nigerian Airspace has been lifted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The International Aviation Authorities, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had a joint review of the Boeing 737 MAX safety system.

It could be recalled that in 2018, a ban was imposed on the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the Nigerian airspace due to two accident which involved the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft.

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According to a source,

The accidents involved Lion Air Flight 610, an Indonesia flight that crashed into the Java Sea, 13 mins after takeoff, and Ethiopian Airlines flight 320, which crashed 6 minutes after takeoff.

This news was made known to the public via a statement signed by the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Musa Nuhu and presented by the NCAA.

According to the statement,

On the 18th November 2020, the Authority received a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) CAN-2020-24 advising it of the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) ongoing continued operational safety activities related to returning Boeing Model 737-8 and 737-9 (737 MAX) aircraft service.

‘’This, however, made the FAA issue a final rule/Airworthiness Directive (AD) that mandated the following actions for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft which includes:

  • Install new flight control computer software and new 737 MAX display system software;
  • Incorporate certain Airplane Flight Manual flight crew operating procedures, Modify horizontal stabilizer trim wire routing installations;
  • Conduct an angle of attack sensor system test; and
  • Conduct an operation readiness flight.

“NCAA recognizes that a Joint Authority Technical Review (JATR) that comprised of International Aviation Authorities such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada (TC) and the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority amongst others carried out a joint review of the Boeing 737 MAX safety system alongside FAA and NASA.

“In the light of the above, the FAA has released documents on Boeing 737 Flight Standardization Board Report, revision 17, identifying special pilot training for the 737 MAX and Safety Alert for Operators.’

However, the NCAA also mentioned that it will always make sure strict compliance to Safety Regulations as a violation.

Conclusion

A ban was imposed on the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the Nigerian airspace due to two accident which involved the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in 2018.

However, the ban has been lifted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

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