The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the Boeing 737 aircraft type in the fleet of Max Air Limited following a series of safety incidents.
The NCAA in a statement signed by the General Manager Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye, stated that the decision was based on the following incidents:
On May 7, 2023, a Boeing 737-400 aircraft registration marks 5N-MBO lost its number 1 Main Landing Gear (MLG) wheel during a flight from Yola Airport to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
On July 7, 2023, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft registration marks 5N-MHM experienced fuel contamination in its main fuel tanks, which led to the shutdown of the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the ground at Yola Airport.
On July 11, 2023, a Boeing 737-400 aircraft registration marks 5N-MBD aborted its take-off at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) due to a high Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) indication.
On July 11, 2023, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft registration marks 5N-MHM had to return to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) due to a duct overheat indication in the cockpit.
The NCAA has formed a team of inspectors to conduct an audit of Max Air Limited. The airline will not be allowed to operate the Boeing 737 aircraft type until the audit is completed and the NCAA is satisfied with the airline’s safety procedures.
The NCAA is committed to ensuring the safety of air travel in Nigeria. The authority will continue to take a tough stance on violations of safety regulations.