More information has been released about the circumstances surrounding the grounding of a campaign plane belonging to Labour Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi.
It may be recalled that there was a massive outcry over an incident a few days ago that prevented several Party chieftains from attending a campaign rally for Obi in Ibadan.
Mr Diran Onidade, the Head of Media for the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, announced to the public in a statement that the plane was barred from flying for ‘yet to be explained’ reasons.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, denied the allegations and explained that the plane belonged to a scheduled operator in their response.
According to emerging reports, the plane was grounded for allegedly violating safety procedures by refusing to comply with Air Traffic Controllers’ (ATCs’) instruction not to depart Benin airport.
The regulatory authority was said to have launched an investigation into the incident while the plane was grounded in Lagos.
“This has nothing to do with politics and NCAA has zero tolerance for regulatory infractions.
“Aviation is a highly regulated industry and we cannot afford to take any chance because lives are involved,” a source claimed.
The aircraft, registered 5Y-HPY, is a Bombardier DHC-8-400 owned by DAC Aviation International, an aircraft leasing firm.