Following the plane crash that claimed 13 lives in Lagos on Thursday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday announced the suspension of all operations of Associated Airlines whose plane was involved in the mishap.
Captain Fola Akinkuotu, the Director General of the NCAA announced the suspension while paying a visit to the survivors of the crash who are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Ikeja.
The Director General said “Associated Airlines have been suspended by the NCAA. Let me say, for the purpose of clarity: I say their operations, I mean all the operations of Associated Airlines have been suspend by the NCAA. I did not say any certification was cancelled, but all operations.”
While noting that the aircraft was certified airworthy before the crash, Akinkuotu stated that the continued airworthiness certification of an airplane rests with the airline itself. He also pointed out that the insurance company handling the airline’s planes has provided documents on the state of the insurance of the aircraft.