NCAA Slams Huge Fine on First Nation Airways and its Pilot
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has imposed a fine of N33.5million on First Nation Airways and one of its pilots for contravening the law.
According to the NCAA, the pilot whose name was not disclosed, had been flying in Nigeria with an expired medical certificate since November 1, 2016.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, NCAA's said that the airline was to pay a fine of N32million, while the pilot was ordered to pay a fine of N1.5 million.
“Therefore, the airline has contravened the Regulations by allowing a flight crew member to be rostered to operate a total of 16 nos (sixteen) scheduled flights on November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th, 2016.
“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,” the NCAA said.
According to the statement, First Nation Airlines feigned ignorance of the regulation prohibiting flying with an expired medical certificate. However, the pilot admitted that he committed the offense.
Both FirstNation Airways and its pilot were given seven days to comply or face grave disciplinary actions.