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The federal government has announced the lifting of the flight ban on a Boeing 737 Max in Nigerian airspace, following two accidents involving the aircraft model in the recent past.

The chief executive of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, said so in a statement he signed in Lagos on Sunday and made available to reporters.

Mr. Nuhu noted that the approval took effect on February 12, adding that the plane can now fly in the country’s airspace.

He explained that the NCAA had banned the aircraft model because of the two accidents recorded in the past.

These were Lion Air flight 610, an Indonesian flight, which crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after take-off and Ethiopian Airlines flight 320, which crashed six minutes after take-off there. a few months.

Aviation Minister Senator Hadi Sirika has banned operations of the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft model in Nigerian airspace.

The MD said that on November 18, 2020, the NCAA received a Continuing Airworthiness Notice to the International Community (CANIC) CAN-2020-24.

He said he informed her of the continued operational safety activities of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) related to the return to service of the Boeing 737-8 and 737-9 (737 MAX) aircraft.

“This, however, led the FAA to issue a final rule / airworthiness directive (AD) which mandated the following actions for Boeing 737 Max aircraft, including:

“Install the new flight control computer software and the new 737 Max display system software; Incorporate certain operating procedures from the airplane flight manual for the flight crew. perform an angle of attack sensor system test; and conduct an operations readiness flight, ”he said.

Mr Nuhu said he acknowledged that a Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) conducted a joint Boeing 737 Max aircraft safety system review alongside the FAA and NASA.

He said the FAA released documents on the Boeing 737 Flight Standardization Board report, Revision 17, identifying special pilot training for 737 Max aircraft and safety alert for operators.

He said, “The NCAA recognizes the joint review of the Boeing 737 Max safety system and has proposed the following actions required of all foreign and domestic operators:

“All operators are required to work with Boeing Company and NCAA for the Aircraft Type Certificate Acceptance Program to register the aircraft in Nigeria and issue it with a Standard Certificate of Airworthiness.

“All foreign air operators who intend to operate the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in Nigeria must present evidence of compliance with FAA AD 2020-24-02,” he said.

Mr. Nuhu noted that the NCAA would continue to ensure strict adherence to safety regulations, as violations would be taken seriously.

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