Max Air’s Boeing 737 Aircraft Grounded by Nigeria’s Aviation Authority Due to Safety Issues

Max Air’s Boeing 737 Aircraft Grounded by Nigeria’s Aviation Authority Due to Safety Issues

…By Larry John for TDPel Media. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended all Boeing 737 aircraft in Max Air’s fleet due to safety concerns arising from a series of incidents.

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The suspension was communicated through a letter, which outlined the reasons behind the decision.

Loss of Main Landing Gear (MLG) Wheel

During a serious incident involving a Boeing 737-400 aircraft with registration marks 5N-MBD, a loss of the Number 1 MLG wheel occurred between take-off at Yola Airport, Adamawa State, and landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria on May 7, 2023.

Fuel Contamination and APU Shutdown

On July 7, 2023, a fuel contamination issue was detected in the main fuel tanks of a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with registration marks 5N-MHM, leading to the shutdown of the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the ground at Yola Airport.

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Aborted Take-off due to High Exhaust Gas Temperature

A Boeing 737-400 aircraft with registration marks 5N-MBD experienced an aborted take-off at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on July 11, 2023.

The cause was attributed to a high Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) indication.

Air Return due to Duct Overheat Indication

On July 11, 2023, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with registration marks 5N-MHM had to make an air return to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) due to a duct overheat indication in the cockpit.

Auditing and Restoration of Privileges:

In response to these incidents, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has formed a team of inspectors to conduct an audit of Max Air’s organization.

The satisfactory outcome of this audit is a prerequisite for considering the restoration of the privileges of the Operations Specifications to Max Air, thereby allowing them to resume operations with the Boeing 737 aircraft type.

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