The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Bristow Helicopter’s aircraft type SikorskyS-76C++ from further operations in Nigeria due to the consecutive mishaps of the said aircraft type on the coastal waters of Lagos. The suspension comes as a result of yesterday’s controlled ditching of a Bristow Helicopter in Lagos.
Director General of NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman briefed reporters at the NCAA Annex, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, that ‘the aircraft type had been suspended till further notice pending when the authority will carry out a full audit on it’.
He also said, ‘On the heels of the Bristow Helicopter’s controlled ditching yesterday, 3rd February 2016, I consider it expedient to communicate to you certain decisions that the Authority has taken concerning the incident’. ‘These decisions are without prejudice to the investigations being conducted by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). As a matter of fact, it will serve to assist the entire process. The Authority will fully support AIB in the investigate’.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has therefore decided to suspend the operation of the Bristow Helicopters SikorskyS-76C++ type till further notice” Usman stressed.
He also point out that suspension was necessary because of previous crashes of the airline involving it’s aircraft type adding that it was only responsible for the Regulatory Authority to stem the rapidity of the occurrences and ensure that the airline carry out safe flight operations henceforth.
Sikorsky S- 76 aircraft is an American medium – size commercial utility Helicopter manufactured by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
Culled from Vanguard