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NCAA may lift ban on Azman Air after other inspections

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may lift ban on Azman Air operations after further inspections and a demonstration flight in the next couple of days.

The Guardian, yesterday, learnt that the apex regulatory body recently had a meeting with officials of the airline, where it was agreed that the airline had met certain conditions toward lifting of the ban.

The airline, yesterday, announced on its verified Twitter handle that the NCAA has lifted the suspension.
 
NCAA suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 aircraft in the fleet of Azman Air Services Limited on March 15, 2021, over safety concerns and gross violation of civil aviation regulations. According to the aviation authority, the suspension was pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015.

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NCAA clearly maintained that the suspension was to enable the authority conduct audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents and recommend corrective actions to forestall recurrence.
 
Confirming the new development, an Assistant General Manager of the Kano-based airline, Nuruden Aliyu, said Azman would announce the restart of flight schedule in due course.
 
Officials of the NCAA, however, confirmed that the airline’s resumption of operations was a work in progress, “but not yet approved by the NCAA.”
 
An official said: “NCAA will make the proper announcement after pending inspections and a demonstration flight had been conducted. That is our agreement with the airline. As it is, they cannot yet operate any flight, until NCAA says so.”

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