8 July 2016
Three pilots who were suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for allegedly taking alcohol before operating their flights are to undergo psychiatric evaluation before re-joining the service, the authority said on Friday.
NCAA recently withdrew the licences of the trio and placed them on a three-month suspension for breaching civil aviation regulations in the country.
According to the rules, a pilot is prohibited from taking alcohol for at least three hours before flight time.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA’s Acting General Manager, Public Relations, noted that consumption of alcohol prior to operating a flight could compromise the safety of passengers, adding that the NCAA was very vigilant in ensuring strict compliance to safety rules.
“It is very clear. They are to be off duty for three months. While on suspension, they are to be made to go through psychiatric evaluation before re-joining the service,” he said.
Adurogboye, therefore, advised all airline operators and pilots to abide by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, stressing that offenders would be visited with severe penalties.