FG says no Nigerian carrier operates Boeing 737 Max 8

WorldStage Newsonline—-The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that the country does not have any Boeing 737 MAX being operated by any Nigerian airline on its register.

Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this in a statement by Mr James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Transportation, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that contrary to the concern generated by Ethiopian Airlines’ unfortunate incident on Sunday, there was no cause for concern.

According to the Minister, 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.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the industry regulator in Nigeria, has issued the necessary advisory as it relates to the country.

“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, please,” the minister said.

Sirika also assured Nigerians of the government’s commitment to creating of an environment that guarantees safety and security in air transportation.

The ET’s Addis Ababa – Nairobi bound flight operated with B737 Max8 airplane on Sunday, had crashed shortly after take-off killing all 159 passengers and crew on board.

The similar aircraft type being operated by Lions Air of Indonesia, has crashed in October 2018 killing all onboard.

Since the accident occurred on Sunday, many issues had been raised concerning the aircraft with China and Ethiopia suspending the use of B737 Max in their fleets.

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