As the nation joins the rest of the world in mourning the victims of the unfortunate crash of the Ethiopian airlines, Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has assured Nigerians that the nation does not currently have any Boeing 737 Max on its register, and therefore no cause for concern.
The Minister, in a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, James Odaudu, said “aviation is one the world over, and that any accident anywhere is a tragedy to the global aviation industry. Nigeria identifies and commiserates with the Ethiopian aviation authorities those who have lost loved ones, including two distinguished Nigerians, in their moment of grief.”
Praying for the repose of the souls of the victims of the air mishap, Sirika assures the Nigerian flying public of the unalloyed commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to the creation of an environment that guarantees their safety and security in air transportation.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the industry regulator in Nigeria, has issued the necessary advisory as it relates to the country, the Minister also confirmed.
According to home, “As we continue to mourn the ET crash in Addis, and pray for the victims, we wish to reassure Nigerians that we do not have any Boeing 737 Max on Nigeria’s register to worry about. Civil Aviation Authority has issued the needed advisory.”
Meanwhile, the Management of Air Peace Airline had thought it imperative to clarify that Air Peace recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
According to the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah “we are, however, yet to take delivery of the aircraft as we are still at the design and configuration stage of the order.
“This clarification has become necessary in view of numerous calls and enquiries on our response to the incidents involving the B737 Max 8 aircraft.
Although it is premature to comment on the incidents, we wish to assure members of the flying public that we are closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritises the safety and well-being of our customers.
“While we keep engaging with our partners in this regard, we repose implicit confidence in Boeing and aviation authorities to capably and satisfactorily address all the issues if at the conclusion of ongoing investigations it is discovered that the challenge is with the B737 Max 8.”