Contaminated Aviation Fuel: Max Air resumes operations as NCAA lifts suspension

The management of Max Air has announced resumption of domestic flight operations after a two-week suspension authorised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over safety concerns.

The suspension was due to several incidents that involved the airline’s Boeing B737 aircraft.

The incidents include the loss of the number 1 Main Landing Gear (MLG) wheel during the serious incident involving a Boeing 737-400 aircraft, registration marks 5N-MBDwhich occurred between Take-off at Yola Airport Adamawa State and on landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Nigeria on May 7, 2023;

Fuel contamination of the main fuel tanks of aircraft B737-300, Registration Marks; 5N-MHM, led to the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) shut down on the ground at Yola Airport on July 7, 2023.

Aborted take-off of Boeing 737-400 aircraft, registration marks 5N-MBD, which occurred at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) due to high Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) indication on July 11, 2023.

The incident also include an air return by aircraft B737-300, Registration Marks; 5N-MHM to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) due to duct overheat indication in the cockpit on July 11, 2023.

After a successful audit of the airline by the NCAA and the closure of several gaps identified in the operation, the airline returned to the air on Sunday, July 30, 2023.

The airline, in a statement, assured all passengers that the safety issues raised by the regulatory authorities had been addressed.

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