The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended indefinitely the use of Bristow Helicopters Limited’s Sikorsky S-76C++ aircraft type. This suspension was to enable the NCAA carry out a full scale audit on its operations with particular emphasis on the Sikorsky S-76C++ type.
Speaking at a Press Briefing on Thursday, the Director General of NCAA, Muhtar Usman, said as a responsible regulatory authority, it is important to stem the occurrence of air mishap in the country and ensure that players in the aviation industry carry out safe operations.
The suspension of the aircraft type, he said does not in any way affect ongoing investigations into the crash by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Usman also said the recurring accidents by Bristow helicopters will not in any way affect the safety audit to be carried out in the country by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).