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ICYMI: NCAA to sanction airlines for allowing passengers into cockpit

ICYMI: NCAA to sanction airlines for allowing passengers into cockpit
October 28
08:25 2021

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it will sanction airline operators and flight crew who allow unauthorised personnel into the cockpit during flight operations.

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According to NAN, Musa Nuhu, the director-general, NCAA, issued the warning in a letter dated October 25.

He described the unauthorised access of passengers to the cockpit as “distractions” and a “worrisome development”.

“It has been brought to the notice of the authority of a worrisome development in which passengers are admitted into the flight deck (cockpit) especially on commercial air transport flights,” he said.

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”Aircraft flight decks are designated sterile working environment and the presence of unauthorised persons is both a distraction to safe flight operations and potential security.

“In addition, it is a violation of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations ( NCARs) 8.5.1.12 and 8.5.1.13.

“All operators and flight crews are hereby warned to desist from admitting unauthorised persons into the cockpit during all phases of flight operations with immediate effect,” he said.

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Nuhu said a violation of the directive would attract sanctions, and punishment would be meted out to both the operators and flight crew.

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