Port Harcourt Airport not safe for flying, stakeholders warn
Posted by News Express | 27 August 2021 | 282 times
•Port Harcourt Airport
Players in Nigerian aviation sector have called for the closure of Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) over what they described as deplorable safety critical infrastructure.
Participants at the second day of the ‘Industry Engagement on the Review of Accident Reports’ organised by the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) insisted that the number of serious incidents and accidents that have occurred at the airport over the years made the airport unsafe for flying.
Participants explained that the runway, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and other facilities at the airport have been in poor state over the years, adding that these had gravely contributed to loss of lives and equipment.
One of the participants, who craved anonymity on the sideline with journalists at the event, insisted that Port Harcourt Airport was no go area for flight services.
Grp. Capt. Ojikutu (rtd), one of the discussants, said in his submission that most of the accidents that happened at Port Harcourt airport were identical and preventable if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other government agencies had performed their duties creditably.
Ojikutu also queried how often the calibration exercise of flying equipment at most of our airports, especially the Port Harcourt airport, are being carried out, maintaining that calibration exercises are supposed to be carried out every six months.
He said, “Necessary things are not always done when these serious incidents or accidents occur in the country. What is the category of ILS in Port Harcourt Airport? Whose responsibility is it to calibrate the ILS especially those in Port Harcourt airport.
“If it’s a military environment, you can say they have signed to die, but what about the civilians? Most of the foreign registered aircraft that we are suing for commercial flights who do due diligence on them? For how long are they supposed to remain in Nigeria flying? A lot are still needed to be done to sustain the safety we have in the industry.”
(Courtesy Daily Independent)
Source: News Express
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