Saturday, May 14, 2011

NCCA suspends two Arik pilots

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended two pilots that work at Arik Airline.

Their licenses were suspended after they had reportedly endangered the lives of passengers on board. They flew the airline's Boeing 737-700 aircraft with one engine for over an hour trip after the plane suffered a bird hit on Sunday.

The undisclosed pilots flew a plane with 69 passengers, from Owerri to Lagos, with one engine after the other one had been knocked out by the bird strike shortly after take-off.

They had options of landing in a nearby airport within the southeastern region, but chose to continue the trip.

“I can tell you authoritatively that NCAA has suspended the licenses of the flight crew that flew that plane from Owerri to Lagos on Sunday, their licenses will remain suspended until investigation is concluded,'' an NCAA official said.

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