First Nation Airways and one of its Pilots have been fined by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over violation of safety regulations.
In a Letter of Sanction conveying the penalties, the airline was ordered to pay a sum of N32,million, while the Pilot – in – Command (PIC) of the Aircraft, will pay N1.5million.
According to the Letter, “during a Ramp Inspection on your Airbus A319 Aircraft with registration mark 5N-FNE at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA),it was discovered that the PIC was not in personal possession of a current medical certificate neither was it readily accessible.”Consequent upon this, a Letter Of Investigation[LOI] was sent to the Airline and the Pilot.
Sam Adurogboye, Public Relations officer NCAA said in a release yesyerxay that in the airline’s response, the Pilot allegedly admitted violating Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) while the Airline demonstrated lack of thorough knowledge of the requirements of the Regulations.
Therefore, the Airline has contravened the Regulations by allowing a flight crew member to be rostered to operate a total of 16 scheduled flights on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th November, 2016.
Adurogboye noted that these operations were carried out while his medical certificate had expired since on the 1st November, 2016, thereby rendering his Pilot License subsequently invalid from that date.
“In light of these, the airline is hereby sanctioned in accordance with IS 1.3.3 (14) while the Pilot suffered similar fate in line with IS 1.3.3(11) (15) (e), in lieu of suspension under IS 1.3.3(11)(15)(a) of the Nig.CARs 2015.
“On this strength, the Airline is required to pay a total sum of N32million, while the Pilot will pay N1.5 million, being moderate civil penalty for the violation.
“NCAA requests that the fine must however be paid within seven (7) days of receipt of the letter from the Authority,” he added.