NCAA Issues safety directives on Sikorsky Helicopters
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA has ordered all Airlines operating the Sikorsky S76C series to carry out a safety inspection on this helicopter type with immediate effect.
A statement signed by the general manager public affairs of NCAA, Sa$ Adurogboye stated that as an interim safety measure, the listed safety inspections affects all Sikorsky S76C series helicopters operating in Nigeria.
He listed the action required to include, Visual Inspection in accordance with relevant S76C AMM 20-32-00, detailed Inspection in accordance with relevant S76C AMM 66-00-00., detailed Inspection in accordance with relevant S76C AMM 66-10-00,66-20-00,66-30-00,66-40-00.
The directive was contained in a letter earlier dispatched to all operators of the affected helicopters types.
Adurogboye explained in the statement that the safety inspection directive must be complied with within 72 hours on receipt of the letter and repeated after every 300 flight hours until further notice.
According to him, the Authority must immediately be provided with evidence of accomplishment of this directive.
“This action is in addition to the suspension of Bristow Helicopters operations of S-76 C ++ series and the ongoing audit.
It is pertinent to point out that this directive is without prejudice to the ongoing investigation by the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB which the Authority is fully supporting.The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA wants to reiterate that it will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that air transport is safe and secure in Nigeria”, Adurogboye stated.