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BREAKING: NCAA suspends airline over Ibadan runway incident, NSIB begins investigation

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Mattini Airline Services Ltd pending completion of investigations into the runway excursion involving a Challenger CL 601 aircraft, operated by the firm.

This is contained in a statement on Saturday by Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NCAA, Michael Achimugu.

A private jet operated by the airline which had departed Abuja with 15 persons on board, overshot the runway while landing at Ibadan Airport on Friday.

There was no fatality in the incident.

Mr Achimugu said the suspension would be maintained until clarifications were made that the conditions of the Permit for Non-Commercial Flight had been adhered to.

He assured commitment to safety of air travellers in line with best global practices, adding that, the authority had begun a safety and economic audit of all private jet operations in Nigeria.

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“NCAA is aware of the runway excursion involving a Challenger CL 601 aircraft, operated by Mattini Airline Services Limited, with registration marks N580KR at Ibadan Airport on January 26, 2024.

“Mattini Airline Services Limited holds a valid Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF). In line with statutory provisions, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has launched an investigation into the occurrence. While the NSIB is conducting the safety investigation, the NCAA has initiated an economic inquiry into the operation of the aircraft viz-a-viz the terms and conditions of the PNCF as detailed in its Annexure.

“In the meantime, and in accordance with Sec 32 (4) of the Civil Aviation Act 2022, the NCAA has suspended the PNCF of Mattini Airline Services Limited with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.

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Mr Achimugu said that the suspension would subsist until determination was made that the conditions of the PNCF had been adhered to.

“NCAA has further initiated a safety and economic audit of all private jet operations in Nigeria. NCAA wishes to assure the travelling public of its utmost commitment to safety and the entrenchment of global best practices,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau said it had commenced investigation into the serious incident

Director Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, Bimbo Olawunmi Oladeji, said this in a statement.

“The aircraft, with 12 passengers and three crew members onboard was en-route Ibadan from Abuja. The aircraft, on final approach to landing Runway 22, Ibadan Airport overshot the runway. There was no fatality, as all passengers and crew were safely evacuated.

“The NSIB has deployed a Go Team to investigate the incident. As the investigating agency, NSIB needs and hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the serious incident; that can assist us with this investigation,” the statement read in part.

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The bureau urged the general public and press to respect the privacy of the people involved “and not assume the cause of the serious incident until formal report is released.’’

“The bureau will release the preliminary report as soon as possible,” it said

Recall that a private jet conveying the Minister of Power, Chief Bayo Adelabu from Abuja to Ibadan also crash-landed at the same airport in November 2023.

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