As a fallout of Wednesday’s controlled ditching of a Bristow Helicopter, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operation of the Bristow Helicopters Limited’s Sikorsky S-76X++ type till further notice.
Daily Trust reports that the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Mukhtar Usman who briefed newsmen at the NCAA annex at Murtala Mohammed International Airport said that the authority viewed “with utmost seriousness the successive mishaps of Bristow Helicopters’ operating aircraft Sikorsky S- 76C++ on the coastal waters of Lagos”.
He however explained that the suspension of operations of the company does not represent a vote of no confidence on the company but to ascertain the adequacy and propriety of the operating aircraft type.
“This is not new in the industry, it is one of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) all over the world”, Usman said.
Sikorsky S- 76 aircraft is an American medium – size commercial utility Helicopter manufactured by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. It features twin turbo shaft engines; four- blades, main and tail rotors with a retractable landing gear. The S-76 is in civil service around the world with airlines, corporations, hospitals, and government operators
Credits: Daily Trust