Following the diversion of United Nigeria Airlines Abuja bound airplane to Asaba International Airport in Delta State on Sunday, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has summoned the management of the airline to a meeting.
In the interim, the NCAA has suspended all the airline’s wetleased aircraft from operation and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a statement, the Director General of Civil Aviation, Captain Musa Nuhu said the investigation is to seek clarification on what actually happened, as there are conflicting reasons for the flight diversion.
According to him, preliminary steps have been taken pending the conclusions of the ongoing investigation.
He assured the travelling public that it would leave no stone unturned, as it has always done in the past, to ensure the continued safety of the aviation industry.
Meanwhile, the United Nigeria Airlines has spoken about the incident.
In a statement issued by the airline on Sunday evening, the airline’s spokesperson, Uchegbu Achilleus-Chud, explained that the affected aircraft, NUA 0504, was “temporarily diverted to Asaba International Airport due to poor destination weather.”
Mr Achilleus-Chud said “a wrong announcement” by the cabin crew upon landing at Asaba created confusion among passengers.
“At all material time, the pilot of the aircraft was aware of the temporary diversion and was properly briefed,” he said.
The spokesperson announced that the aircraft has since “landed safely in Abuja following improvement on destination weather