The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the suspension of the Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF) of Mattini Airlines Services Limited following an incident on Friday where the airline’s Challenger CL 601 aircraft experienced a runway excursion at Ibadan Airport.

Private jet: The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the suspension of the Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF) of Mattini Airline Services Limited following an incident on Friday where the airline's Challenger CL 601 aircraft experienced a runway excursion at Ibadan Airport.
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Michael Achimugu, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, stated in a Saturday statement that the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) is investigating the occurrence as required by statutory provisions.

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The suspension of Mattini Airline Services’ permit will remain in effect until it is confirmed that the conditions of the PNCF have been met. Additionally, the NCAA has initiated a safety and economic audit of all private jet operations in Nigeria.

Achimugu emphasized the NCAA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of the traveling public and adherence to global best practices in aviation.

The statement noted: “NCAA is aware of the runway excursion involving a Challenger CL 601 aircraft, operated by Mattini Airline Services Limited, with registration marks N580KR at Ibadan Airport on 26th January 2024.

“Martini Airline Services Limited holds a valid Permit for Non-Commercial Flight, PNCF. In line with statutory provisions, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, has launched an investigation into the occurrence.

“While the NSIB is conducting the safety investigation, the NCAA has initiated an economic inquiry into the operation of the aircraft viz-a-viz the terms and conditions of the PNCF as detailed in its Annexure.”

The incident on January 26, 2024, involved the Challenger CL 601 aircraft skidding off the runway and into the nearby bush. Emergency response teams were promptly deployed, and fortunately, no casualties were reported.

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