By Jimoh Babatunde
LAGOS – Foreign airlines have been fingered as the major culprits of accidents in Africa as most of them do not comply with stipulated criteria laid down by International aviation bodies and organisations.
Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren, while condemning foreign carriers with illegal operations into Africa, said most accidents in Africa were due to lapses on the part of some foreign airlines.
The civil aviation regulatory agency, at the 2011 Aviation Day celebration by International Air Transport Association, IATA, yesterday in Lagos, said: “Most of the accidents that occur in Africa are by aircraft not registered in Nigeria and nearly half of all aircraft accidents in Africa involved aircraft registered outside Africa.”
Demuren, who was represented by Patrick Ekunwe, Director of Airworthiness for NCAA, said some of the airlines parade air operator certificates that require thorough scrutiny and are flawed, adding that Nigeria has fought the offenders on various occasions and have grounded their operations.
Demuren implored other aviation authorities in the continent to watch out for these illegally registered foreign carriers.
His words: “Most of the operations under foreign registration in Africa do not comply with safety articles and they flaunt questionable safety certificates obtained without due diligence. They also operate with fake insurance papers, forged flight crew licenses and have language problems. All these contribute to high rate of accidents in the continent.”