The General Manager, Public Relations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Sam Adurogboye, has said that the agency is closely monitoring investigations into the safety of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

He made this known in Lagos on Tuesday, March 12 in reaction to the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines on Sunday, March 10.

Ethiopian Airlines announced it had grounded all B-737-800 MAX aircraft in its fleet until further notice following the crash of its flight ET302 which killed all 157 people on board, including two prominent Nigerians.

Global safety concerns have also compelled some other countries to ground the aircraft type in their operations.

However, Adurogboye assured Nigerians of their safety during air travel, noting that the aircraft type was not presently in operation in Nigeria.

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He said, “Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the country.

“However, the NCAA in line with its safety oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006 is consciously monitoring the developments.

“This is with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.”

Adurogboye added that the NCAA would continue to ensure strict adherence to regulations in the aviation industry for the safety of the flying public.

He noted that the NCAA commiserated with the affected airline and families of the crash victims.

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