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Govt Slams Strong Sanctions On Airline Which Carried Abuja Passengers To Asaba



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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended all the wet-leased aircraft in the operations of United Nigeria Airlines (UNA) following the controversy that emerged after its Abuja bound passengers from Lagos were carried to Asaba.

The suspension is said to be connected with the diversion of the Abuja bound flight from Lagos to Asaba Airport on Sunday by the cabin crew of the airline, BusinessDay reported.

A source close to the agency, said on Monday that the regulatory body took the decisive action on after an emergency meeting held at its headquarters in Abuja.

It was learnt that at the meeting, the NCAA inspectors were not convinced about the claim of United Nigeria Airline that its crew diverted to Asaba following the bad weather situation at Abuja Airport.

It was learnt that all the wet-leased aircraft in its fleet would remain suspended until after the conclusion of the investigation into the incident.

The NCAA’s decision has been communicated to the airline via a letter on Monday, Business Day reported.

Meanwhile, reports that the development came after the Lagos-Abuja flight landed in Asaba to the consternation of passengers who were told that they had arrived Abuja only for them to discover that they were in Asaba.

United Airlines subsequently conveyed the passengers to Abuja and explained that contrary to assertions that the pilot deliberately  landed in Asaba contrary to speculations that they used a wrong flight plan given the pilots that brought them to Asaba.

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