NCAA Orders Immediate Safety Inspections On Sikorsky S76C Helicopters


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered all airlines operating the Sikorsky S76C series to carry out safety inspections on the helicopter type with immediate effect.

The directive came two weeks after the aviation regulatory agency suspended operation of the Sikorsky S76C++ in the country, following two crashes within an interval of only six months and involving same type of helicopter operated by Bristow Helicopter Services in Nigeria.

The NCAA yesterday said as an interim safety measure, the under-listed safety inspections affects all Sikorsky S76C series helicopters operating in Nigeria.

They include Visual Inspection in accordance with relevant S76C AMM 20-32-00; detailed inspection in accordance with relevant S76C AMM 66-00-00 and 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. The identities of other operators were however not disclosed by the NCAA.

The agency gave 72 hours (three days) within which the safety directive must be observed by helicopter services companies that are using the Sikorsky S76c type of aircraft and indicated that the safety audit must be repeated by the helicopter companies after every 300 flight hours until further notice.

“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 on-going audit,” the NCAA noted in the letter, which was made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday.

“It is pertinent to point out that this directive is without prejudice to the on-going 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,” the NCAA noted in the statement signed by its general manager, Public Affairs, Mr Sam Adurogboye.

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