The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has taken a significant step by suspending the air operator certificate (AOC) and air transport licence (AOL) of XEJET due to concerns over the authenticity of the airline’s insurance documents.
XEJET’s license withheld over insurance document issues
This suspension, which went into immediate effect as of August 30, 2023, is a result of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) being unable to verify the legitimacy of XEJET’s aircraft insurance document.
The NCAA, led by its director-general, Musa Nuhu, cited safety considerations and public interest as the basis for this action, in accordance with Section 59 (7) of the Civil Aviation Act.
The suspension applies to four specific aircraft pending the conclusion of the investigation: EMBRAER EMB-145LR (5N-BZM), EMBRAER S.A EMB-145MP (5N-BZL), EMBRAER EMB-145MP (5N-BZN), and BOMBARDIER INC. CL-600-2B19 (CRJ 200) (5N-XEL).
The letter also directed XEJET to return the ATL and AOC to the office of the chairman of the flight standard group.
Copies of the letter were sent to the minister of aviation and aerospace development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), emphasizing the seriousness of the matter at hand.