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Ethiopia crash : Minister, NCAA say no B737 MAX 8 operating in Nigeria

…..assures Nigerians of safety

By Lawani Mikairu

Minister of State, Aviation , Senator Hadi Sirika and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Tuesday confirmed that no Nigerian airline has the controversial Boeing 737 MAX 8 currently in its fleet. This is just as both assured the Nigeria air travellers of the safety standard of all Nigerian airlines.

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This confirmation and assurance is coming following the crash of Ethiopia Airline Boeing 737 MAX 8 last Sunday in Addis Ababa which claimed the lives all the 156 people aboard.

Giving the confirmation through the Deputy Director, Media and Public Affairs in the ministry, Mr James Odaudu, the minister said : “ As the nation joins the rest of the world in mourning the victims of the unfortunate crash of the Ethiopian airlines, I am assuring Nigerians that the nation does not currently have any Boeing 737 Max on its register, and therefore no cause for concern”.

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According to the Minister, “aviation is one the world over, and any accident anywhere is a tragedy to the global aviation industry. Nigeria identifies and commiserates with the Ethiopian aviation authorities, those who have lost loved ones, including two distinguished Nigerians, in their moment of grief”.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the industry regulator in Nigeria, has issued the necessary advisory as it relates to the country .As we continue to mourn the ET crash in Addis, and pray for the victims, we wish to reassure Nigerians that we do not have any Boeing 737 Max on Nigeria’s register to worry about. Civil Aviation Authority has issued the needed advisory, please,” he said.

Praying for the repose of the souls of the victims of the air mishap, “Sirika assures the Nigerian flying public of the unalloyed commitment of the Buhari Administration to the creation of an environment that guarantees their safety and security in air transportation”.

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