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FG explains grounding of Kenyan Airline

By on June 21, 2013

THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said, yesterday, that a Kenyan aircraft has been grounded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, since June 3. The agency said the aircraft violated the country’s security procedures.

General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, who spoke with newsmen in Ikeja said: “The aircraft which landed at the MMIA at about 6.36 p.m. with 18 passengers, including three deportees from Kenya did not follow laid down procedures.”

He added that officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and some security officials discovered some lapses during routine checks and that the DC-9 aircraft marked 5Y-SAS, belongs to Cavok Airlines.

Dati, however, explained that “the aircraft will be released immediately the security personnel complete their checks.”

It will be recalled that an aircraft belonging to a Kenyan citizen flew into the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport without proper documentation, Monday, June 3 and was grounded by the Nigerian aviation authorities.

According to aviation sources, the pilot, apart from failing to file proper flight schedule, falsely declared that the plane was on a diplomatic mission, as it was later found to belong to a Kenyan citizen. The jet was said to have brought a deported Nigerian based in Kenya, over the allegation of matrimonial crisis with his Kenyan wife.