FG Quarantines Pilots Of Impounded British Aircraft
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said the pilots of the impounded aircraft owned by a British company, Flairjet, will be quarantined for 14 days.
The Minister made this statement on Monday during the briefing of the members of the task force in Abuja.
He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has begun an investigation into the reason why an aircraft belonging to a British company was operating commercial flights into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Minister apologised for mixing up the name of the airline on Sunday in his tweet with Flair Aviation
He also disclosed that the company Flairjet operating the aircraft is based in Westminister in the United Kingdom.
"They have an aircraft, Legacy 600, and the registration number of the aircraft is GPRFX. Their business address is Business Aviation Centre, Terminal Road, Birmingham International Airport, West Midlands and their code is B26QN".
“This company applied severally as to operate humanitarian flights and we did approve. It is very clear at the beginning of this exercise that we defined what those flights should be: essential flights basically cargo, medical evacuation, medical supplies, and so on and so forth.
“Unfortunately, this company decided to become commercial in their service, charging money and flying people in and out.
The Minister said that in addition to impounding the aircraft, a maximum penalty would be imposed on the company and the law will be applied to the fullest. Source- Today.ng