By Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has slammed the operators of the two grounded foreign registered aircraft with N7 million fine. The foreign registered planes were grounded by the authority last Sunday for operating the aircraft from Farnborough, London and landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on the 10th of September, 2015 without any flight clearance from NCAA.
Disclosing this development to newsmen, Acting General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said that out of the two aircraft that were grounded by the authority and fined the sum of N7million each, one of them, the Bombardier 700-100 with Registration No: G-RBEN Global express S/N 9083 operated by Gama Aviation, United (UK) Limited have been released after it had paid the penalty.
He said, the owner of the Bombardier 700-100 also paid about $20,000 to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, for violating the Air Traffic Controllers’ regulation.
“Two days ago in which we grounded two aircraft the Bombardier 700-100 with Registration No: G-RBEN Global express S/N 9083 operated by Gama Aviation, United (UK) Limited and there is another one that was grounded, an Embraer 135 J with Registration No: XA-MHA, as we speak the Gama Aviation has paid the fine because after our investigation, a letter of sanction was written to them which reads;
“In the light of the above, you are hereby sanctioned under the provision of section 1 point 3A and section B of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation 2009 and you are required to pay within seven days on the date of the receipt of this letter the sum of N7million being the penalty for the above violation.”
“ So in line with the regulation and the fine imposed on the Gama Aviation, and its crew, they have complied and they have paid yesterday or so and their aircraft has been released, all these while, the aircraft has been on the ground at the Abuja airport and all the crew has being stranded in Abuja, I don’t know where they stay but I know that they have being living in Abuja.” he said.
The NCAA GM further stressed that due to the grounding of the aircraft, their crew were stranded in Abuja adding that it is the Embraer 135 J with Registration No: XA-MHA that was yet to comply with the penalty leveled on it. “It remain the Embraer 135 J with Registration No: XA-MHA, they are yet to pay their fine so their aircraft and crew are still on ground.
Their fine is N7million and also because their offences are also linked to NAMA on the ATC side. Gama Aviation has paid about $20,000 to NAMA while they paid NCAA N7million, they have operated about ten flights into the country” he added.