To prevent air disasters, the House of Representatives has decided to establish a special committee with the purpose of investigating incidents of aviation fuel contamination. The committee, which is yet to be formed, has been given the responsibility to look into the rising cases of fuel contamination in the aviation industry and to examine whether standard operating procedures are being properly followed by industry players.
This decision was made in response to a motion of urgent importance brought forward by Tunji Olawuyi (APC, Kwara) during a plenary session on Thursday.
In May, panic arose at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when a Max Air aircraft crash-landed on the runway. In light of this incident and following investigations conducted by regulatory authorities, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) took action and suspended the use of Max Air Boeing 737 aircraft (parts A3 and D43). The investigation revealed that there was contamination of the main fuel tanks of aircraft B737-300 on July 13.
Presenting the motion, Mr. Olawuyi provided details about the events that resulted in the aircraft’s rough landing at the airport. He highlighted the possibility that the landing incident might be associated with a failure to comply with standard operating procedures and industry best practices within the aviation fuel industry.
“There have been many flight accidents in history caused by fuel contamination resulting in abnormal operation of aircraft engines and water as a major contaminant,” Mr Olawuyi said.
He added that “In recent times, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been receiving a series of mandatory occurrence reports from airlines and other aircraft operators with issues related to water being found in the aircraft fuel tank of the aircraft.”