Sunday 28 April 2013

NCAA declares aircraft in the service governor Ameachi illegal

Aviation Nigeria

The Nigeria civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) has grounded a Bombardier -BD  700 , Global Express aircraft which was in the service of Governor Rotimi Amaechi  of Rivers state, and have also declared any operation by the flight as illegal.

Addressing reporters on Saturday 26 April 2013, at the NCAA, Director of Airworthiness  Standards, Engineer Benedict  Adeyileka explained that the while the aircraft was still operating illegally , it has been sighted in several places including Owerri and Akure.

Adeyileka said: 

"The controversial aircraft on the service of Governor Rotimi  Amaechi  is operating illegally on the country, by our records the last flight clearance for this aircraft was approved for operations on Thursday March 28, 2013 on Accra/Port Harcourt and Accra to terminate on April 2, 2013. With this development, the aircraft has exceeded the extra two days or forty eight hours leeway for it to leave the country."

The NCAA director further pointed out that the aircraft carried a certificate of registration indicating that it belongs to the Bank of Utah Trustees of Salt Lake City , Utah United States of America.

The aircraft a Bombardier BD 700 , Global Express with registration number N565RS, has its clearance approval expired since Tuesday ,April 2, 2013, and reports say clearance for the aircraft was last sought by Caverton Helicopters on March 27,2013.

NCAA did not ground the aircraft prior to request for start up in Akure on Friday 26, April 2013.


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