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NCAA warns pilots, airlines of hazardous weather during dry season

TO ensure continuous safety in the air and on the ground, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution during hazardous weather this dry season.

The regulatory agency also threatened to sanction any pilot, airline or stakeholder who violates any safety measures put in place at this time, warning that the safety of humans and equipment would not be taken for granted by the agency.

A statement signed by the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Capt. Musa Nuhu, said that the warning was contained in an advisory circular by the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS), addressed to all pilots and airline operators.

Nuhu explained that the advisory circular was a sequel to the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) issued by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

Nuhu emphasised that the advisory circular was intended to alert pilots about the nature of weather associated with the dry season in Nigeria, ranging from moderate to severe dust haze and early morning fog.

These weather conditions could sometimes reduce the horizontal visibility to below the aerodrome operating minima.

He listed the effects of the hazardous weather on flight operations to include air-to-ground visibility reduction due to haze dust or fog, aerodrome visibility may fall below the prescribed operating minima and in severe conditions, dust haze can blot out runways, markers and airfield lightings over wide areas making visuals navigation extremely difficult or impossible.

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