Saturday, March 5, 2016 5:32 pm
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the temporary suspension on the operation of the Bristow Helicopter Sirkorsky S-76 aircraft in the country.
External Communications Manager, Julie King, said the return of the Sikorsky S-76 aircraft to flight operations followed completion of the NCAA’s comprehensive operational audit.
NCAA had on Feb. 4, suspended Bristow Helicopter’s aircraft type Sikorsky S-76C from further operations in Nigeria due to the successive mishaps of the aircraft type in the country.
King said the company, in addition, carried out an extensive return to service safety activities.
Bristow Group Vice President, Global Operations, Mr Mike Imlach, thanked the NCAA for conducting a thorough review of its operations.
“We completed a detailed safety inspection of our S-76 series helicopters and test flights for all (16) S-76 aircraft in compliance with the NCAA.
“Our Group President and CEO, Jonathan Baliff, was a passenger in one of the approved non-revenue test flights to demonstrate his confidence in the safety of our S-76 fleet,” it quoted Imlach as saying.
Julie King in her statement noted that Bristow had concluded a number of return to service safety activities with flight crews, engineers and other service employees, clients and key stakeholders.