NCAA suspends Associated Airlines

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According to eTurboNews, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of Associated Aviation indefinitely.

Associated Aviation is the owner of the Embraer 120 turboprop plane that crashed shortly after take-off in Ikeja, Lagos, last Thursday. The crashed killed 14 of the 20 passengers on board. The six survivours are being treated at Ikeja’s general hospital.

“The operations of Associated Airlines have been suspended by the NCAA. Let me say for the purpose of clarity; all the operations of Associated Airlines have been suspended by the NCAA,” said Fola Akinkuotu, Director-General of the NCAA.

Akinkuotu noted that the ill-fated aircraft was certified airworthy before its last flight.

According to him, sustained airworthiness certification of an airplane is the responsibility of the airline company.

“There is nothing contrary to the information provided by the airline on the state of the aircraft. The insurance company handling the airline’s insurance had provided documents about the state of its insurance,” he said.