LAGOS, Nigeria – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) reacted swiftly after Thursday’s plane crash in Lagos, suspending the operations of Associated Aviation Limited indefinately.
Associated Aviation is the owner of the plane which crashed shortly after take-off in Ikeja, Lagos.
Director-General of NCAA, Mr. Fola Akinkuotu, announced the suspension of the airline’s operations at a press conference held at the General Hospital, Ikeja on Saturday.
Akinkuotu, before the briefing, visited the hospital wards, were victims are kept to see the survivors of the crash, who are undergoing treatment.
He said: “The operations of Associated Airlines have been suspended by the NCAA. Let me say for the purpose of clarity; all the operations of Associated Airlines have been suspended by the NCAA.
“I did not say any certification was cancelled but all the operations of the airline have been suspended.”
Akinkuotu noted that the ill-fated aircraft was certified airworthy before its last flight.
According to him, sustained airworthiness certification of an airplane is the responsibility of the airline company.
He said: “There is nothing contrary to the information provided by the airline on the state of the aircraft. The insurance company handling the airline’s insurance had provided documents about the state of its insurance.
“The agency would continue to apply all regulatory rules on all airlines. The injured victims of the crash were responding positively to treatment, and the management of the hospital has state-of-the-art equipment for treatment.”