Wednesday 1 May 2013

Reports on controversial Bombardier Global Express 5000

Aviation Nigeria

On 26 April 2013 a pilot in command of a Bombardier BD 700 Global Express aircraft failed to file a proper Passenger Manifest declaring the full identity of all passengers on the aircraft for the intended flight as mandatory requirement by the regulatory authorities.

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NCAA) was led to ground the aircraft and also begin investigations into the ope-rationality and legality of the aircraft. The investigations revealed:

The Aircraft with registration number N565RS is currently listed on the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration Registry. The registration was issued to “BANK OF UTAH TRUSTEE” of 200 E, South Temple, Suite 210, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1346.

The aircraft also carries a NOT TRANSFERABLE certificates and its registration indicates it was issued on 28 September 2012 to expire 30 September 2015.

The aircraft is currently insured with Alliance Global Risks US Insurance Company. The Policy Holder noted on the Certificate of Insurance is “ACASS CANADA LIMITED” of 6700 Cote de Liesse, Suite 206, Montreal, QC H4T 2B5, Canada. 

Findings indicate the aircraft did not have a valid flight clearance for its operations on 26 April 2013 as the last clearance obtained for the aircraft expired on 2 April 2013. Falsified clearances had been used for three flights in the month of January, March and April.

The NCAA have also maintained that the flight which carries a Coat of Arms insignia referring its ownership to he Rivers State Government did not posses sufficient documentation to back any form of transfer from its real owners to the government of Rivers State.


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