As part of efforts to ensure safe flight operations in Nigeria airspace, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued advisory circular to pilots about the hazards associated with current harmattan dust haze prevalent in some parts of the country.
This was made known to journalists recently in an online statement signed by the General Manger, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye.
Adurogboye stated that the circular, which had gone out to the industry, also offers guidance to help prevent incidents or accidents caused by such weather related occurrences.
He added that with the issuance of this circular by the authority, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Advisory Circular AC: NCAA – AEROMET 21 dated April 1, 2016 is accordingly cancelled.
The General Manager further stated that the current circular was in line with the forecast earlier made by NIMET, which has indicated the occurrence of moderate to severe outbreaks of dust during the period of November 2016 – March 2017 in the country, predicting that it will on many occasions reduce horizontal visibility significantly.
According to him, “It is pertinent to note that the effect of the harmattan is comparable to that of heavy fog which may considerably reduce air – to – ground visibility.”