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UK Civil Aviation Authority Flags Safety Violations by Air Peace

The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) has notified Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of alleged safety regulation violations by Air Peace.

This development comes just three months after Air Peace launched its Lagos-London route.

Two mandatory occurrence reports concerning Air Peace were sent to the UK CAA, which then forwarded the complaints to the NCAA.

The UK CAA’s complaint, titled “United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report” (reference number: CAA-UK-2024-0217) and “NATS Management System Safety Report,” outlined specific safety concerns.

In response, the NCAA has asked Air Peace to clarify the issues. The NCAA’s letter (reference number: NCAA/DOLTS/APL/Vol.11/03624), dated May 14, 2024, and signed by NCAA General Manager of Operations Capt. O.O. Lawani, highlighted the UK CAA’s concerns about the lack of operational approval for the use of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) functions, affecting safe aircraft operation. Additionally, it noted that the captain admitted using an EFB for navigation without proper mounting devices, charging points, or backup batteries.

Air Peace recently began flights to London Gatwick from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and the UK.

Attempts to reach Air Peace spokesperson Stanley Olisa were unsuccessful. Although he initially answered a call from our reporter, he remained silent when asked about the issue until the call ended. A text message sent to him also went unanswered at the time of reporting.

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