The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised Pilots and Airline Operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather in rainy season.
This warning is contained in an Advisory Circular (AC) initiated by the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) addressed to all Pilots and Airline Operators and signed by the Director General, NCAA Captain. Musa Nuhu.
The AC is coming on the advent of the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) released for the year 2022 by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
NIMET has predicted Early and late March as the commencement of rainy season across the Southern states while April, May and June, 2022 is the onset of rainy season in Central and Northern parts of Nigeria.
With the issuance of this circular in the interest of safety says, Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) may temporarily close the airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorm, squall lines microburst or level wind-shear are forecast by NIMET.
The circular urges flight Crews and Operators and ATCs to ensure strict adherence to aerodrome operating minima and to exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by NIMET.
The Authority urges all passengers to exercise patience and understanding during this period as their safety is of utmost importance and stakeholders should ensure strict compliance to safety regulations as violations would be viewed seriously.
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen, Editing by Omotola Oguneye