- All the wet-leased aircraft in its fleet would remain suspended until after the conclusion of the investigation into the incident.
- This position, it was gathered has been communicated to the airline via a letter on Monday.
All of the wet-leased aircraft operated by United Nigeria Airlines (UNA) have been suspended by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
This occurs just hours after a United Nigeria Airlines (UNA) aircraft on Sunday was diverted from its intended destination of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) to Asaba International Airport.
A source close to the NCAA claims that the regulatory body made the decision on Monday and sent a letter to the airline’s chief operating officer (COO).
The source claimed that until the inquiry into the Sunday incident involving one of the airline’s wet-leased aircraft concluded, all wet-leased aircraft used in airline operations would stay stopped.
It was gathered that immediately after the incident gained traction on social media on Sunday, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Capt. Musa Nuhu called an emergency meeting of the agency, where it was resolved that the excuse given by the airline was not tenable to the authority.
It was further gathered that the report obtained from the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) contradicted the airline’s claim on poor weather situation in Abuja at the time of the diversion.
No fewer than two wet-leased Airbus A320-200 aircraft are in the fleet of United Nigeria Airlines