The Nigerian government said it had seized two foreign aircraft which were allegedly found to have violated the Nigerian airspace.
Samuel Adurogboye, spokesman for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a statement said the regulatory agency “had grounded the two foreign registered aircraft with immediate effect.”
“The aircraft are Bombardier 700-100 with registration marks G-RBEN Global express S/N 9083 operated by
Gama Aviation, United (UK) Limited and Embraer 135 J with registration marks XA-MHA,” said Adurogboye.
“The operator of G-RBEN aircraft were found operating in Nigeria’s airspace with falsified flight clearance information and conducting illegal domestic flight operations in Nigeria.
“Other infractions are conducting illegal commercial revenue flight operations contrary to conditions contained in Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 10 and security violations,” he added.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the Embraer 135BJ registration marks XA-MHA was reported to have landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from London, Farnborough without any flight clearance on the 10th of September 10, 2015.
Reports from the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) indicated that the crew informed them that they possess a ministerial approval for the flight. However, on landing; the crew could not produce any ministerial approval as claimed.