Nigerian aviation body warns pilot to avoid flying during hazard weather

By Oyise Oghene
Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren yesterday warned that pilots should avoid flying during hazard weather conditions as a result of the heavy rains.

Disclosing this development to newsmen, Dr. Demuren further advised pilots to always observe the weather and be patience enough to wait and allow the weather to subside or pass over the airfield before commencing their flight operations.

He said ”This is to reiterate the need for Pilots to exercise restraint when adverse weather is observed or forecast and be patient enough to wait and allow it subdue or pass over the airfield before commencing flight”

“We are in the mid-stream of rainy season which is usually characterized by severe thunderstorm and line squall and its attendant turbulence, microbusts, lightning and low-level wind shear. Suffice it to say that such weather conditions can be deadly to aircraft on approach or departure from an airport and have been responsible for a number of fatal accidents in the world and in our country, Nigeria”, Demuren added.

He further cautioned that it was mandatory for Pilots to obtain weather briefing from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) including departure, en-route and destination weather information prior to flight operations adding that pilots were required to ensure strict compliance with the laid down regulations.

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