The Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has predicted severe turbulence for airlines as the country continues to witness rainfall onset.
Addressing the media in Abuja on Friday, the director-general of NiMet, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu said raining season is fully established in some states now and turbulence will be one of the implications for airlines.
The NiMet boss also called on pilots and airline management to ensure the adherence to weather forecast as severe turbulence can cause discomfort, injury to passengers, instability and even loss of aircraft control for small aircraft.
Speaking on other activities associated with the rainfall onset, the director-general said “heavy rain, which could lead to skidding of airplanes due to surface wetness and impaired horizontal visibility.
“ Thunderstorms, which could lead to accidents, incidents, flight delays, flight cancellation, death, damage among others.
“Windshear, which could lead to accidents, incidents, aircraft nosedive, discomfort, aircraft lost control and death.”
The director-general, who urged airlines operators to take weather forecast seriously, stated that the turbulence period normally last for a period and within this period, visibility is also an issue.
He also called on passengers to be patient with the airlines as flight delays, flight cancellations and flight diversion will be experienced within this period.