One of the two foreign registered aircraft; a Bombardier 700-100 with registration marks G-RBEN Global express S/N 9083 operated by Gama Aviation, United (UK) Limited, but grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the country for operating illegally has been freed.
The regulatory body said that it released the aircraft, which was grounded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, after its operator paid the required penalties of N7 million.
The agency also said that the operator paid the sum of $20,000 to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the same offence before it could be allowed to return to its base.
NCAA, however, insisted that the other aircraft, an Embraer 135J with registration number XA-MHA would remain grounded in the country until its operators meet all the conditions set for it to be released.
Confirming this yesterday, the Acting General Manager, Public Affairs in NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, hinted that the NCAA had written a letter of sanction to the operator.
His words: “In the light of the above, you are hereby sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Section1 .3.3A and Section B of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR) 2009 and you are required to pay within seven days on the date of receiving this letter the sum of N7million being the total civil penalty for the above violation.”