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UK Civil Aviation Authority flags Air Peace for safety violations on Lagos-London route

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The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) has alerted Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regarding alleged safety regulation breaches by Air Peace.

This development comes just three months after the Nigerian airline commenced its Lagos-London route.

The UK CAA has submitted two mandatory occurrence reports on Air Peace to the NCAA, highlighting concerns about the airline’s operational safety.

The forwarded complaints were documented under the titles ‘United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report with reference number CAA-UK-2024-0217’ and ‘NATS Management System Safety Report.’

In response, the NCAA has requested Air Peace to clarify these issues. The NCAA’s letter, reference number NCAA/DOLTS/APL/Vol.11/03624, was signed by General Manager of Operations, O.O. Lawani, and dated May 14, 2024.

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The letter emphasized that the UK CAA identified a lack of operational approval for electronic flight bag (EFB) functions, which are critical for the safe operation of the aircraft.

It was noted that the flight captain admitted to using an EFB for navigational purposes without proper authorization or safety measures in place, such as a mounting device, charging points, or backup battery.

Air Peace recently began operations to London Gatwick from Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport under a bilateral air services agreement between Nigeria and the UK.

However, these reported violations could pose significant setbacks for the airline’s international expansion efforts.

The NCAA’s investigation and Air Peace’s forthcoming clarifications will determine the next steps in addressing these safety concerns and ensuring compliance with international aviation standards.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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