Lagos — There are indications that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may not have cleared the Embraer 120 aircraft operated by Associated Aviation Limited that crashed Thursday, October 3, 2013 killing at least 13 people on-board with seven survivors with various degrees of injuries.
But the NCAA insists the aircraft was air worthy at the time it was operated.
Mr. Adamu Abdullahi, Director, Consumer Protection and Acting Director General, NCAA who briefed journalists in Lagos yesterday, said "the aircraft was certified fit for flight by one of the airline's aircraft maintenance engineers prior to departure who was also onboard the ill-fated flight."
He couldn't speak further on whether the NCAA too certified the aircraft or needed to certify it fit or not to fly.
Similarly, at a separate briefing yesterday, the Director General Aviation, NCAA, Captain Dele Sashegbon declined providing additional information on whether the NCAA too cleared the aircraft to operate the charter flight having been on ground for 43 days.
The NCAA said the crashed aircraft flew last on August 22, 2013, but the Airline's Chief Operating Officer Taiwo Raji said it flew last on August 30, 2013. The conflicting dates haven't been reconciled.
Dr. Theresa Bassey, Head, Aeromedical Standards, NCAA, said the survivors are responding to treatment, but declined to give specifics on individual survivors.
But Lagos State University Teaching Hospital authorities where Feyi is admitted are planning to refer him abroad for treatment.