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Aircraft Strayed Into Seat Of Government, Aso Rock Due To Bad Weather Says Nigerian Agency, NCAA

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has reassured air travelers that Nigerian airspace remains safe and secure. This statement follows recent investigations into incidents where flights strayed into restricted zones due to adverse weather conditions.

Last week, it was reported that an “unknown aircraft” (DNP4) flying over the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja, was identified as a Max Air flight. The incident caused concern among government officials, but the NCAA affirmed there was no security threat to the seat of power.

In response to a report from the office of the National Security Adviser regarding the unknown aircraft, the NCAA issued a stringent warning to all aircraft operators. The regulatory body confirmed that radar coverage by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was comprehensive, ensuring full monitoring of airspace violations.

A recent press statement signed by the Acting Director-General, Capt. Chris Najomo, highlighted that the NCAA’s investigation of the two violations determined they were controlled flights that entered restricted zones due to adverse weather. NAMA’s radar system successfully captured complete footage of the incidents, identifying the aircraft and operators involved.

The NCAA emphasized ongoing improvements in Nigeria’s aviation infrastructure, noting the addition of five new MSSR stations at Obubbra, Ilorin, Talata Mafara, Maiduguri, and Numan. These new installations, along with existing radar centers in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, and Port Harcourt, aim to achieve total radar coverage across the country.

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