The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has praised five domestic airlines for their consistency in the remittance of five per cent Ticket Sales Charges/Cargo Sales Charges.

The NCAA stated on Sunday that the payment was in assent with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Act 2006.
The agency lauded Air Peace, Overland Airways, Med-View Airline, Aero Contractors and Allied Air Limited for compliance.

According to the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA- Mr Sam Adurogboye, other key considerations for the recognition by the authority were a beneficial working relationship, especially the Aviation Revenue Automation Project and Direct Debit Mandate as well as contribution to effective, efficient, safe and secure operations.

The Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman was quoted to have commended the operators for their efforts despite daunting challenges in the business environment.

Usman also congratulated Allied Air Limited on its success in the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit on the airline’s operation recently.

He said the airlines had been presented their commendation letters during a consultative meeting between the NCAA and the airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau says it has initiated investigations into the incident involving Max Air at Minna International Airport, on Saturday.

The AIB said it was notified on September 7 of a serious incident involving the airline’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-DBK which occurred during the final approach on Runway 23 at Minna International Airport, Minna, Niger State.

According to the AIB, the aircraft took off from King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with 560 passengers and 19 crew members on board.

“From the information provided the aircraft on landing scraped the runway while the number one engine brushed the runway surface but no injury was reported,” the AIB said.

It added that its team of safety investigators had begun an investigation.

The Chairman of Max Air- Dahiru Mangal, in a statement, stated that the incident was as a result of bad weather and a power outage at the aerodrome.

He explained that it was not crash landing but rather an emergency landing, adding that there was no light at the airport when the aircraft reached Niger State and the weather was also bad.

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