Three Nigerian pilots have been suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for breaking civil aviation rules while on duty.
The said pilots were reported to have taken alcohol before operating their flights.
The Three pilots, names withheld, have been suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The three are now required to undergo psychiatric evaluation before rejoining the service.
Speaking on the development on Friday, Mr Sam Adurogboye, Acting General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, disclosed this in Lagos.
Reports say that the NCAA has recently withdrawn the licenses of the three pilots and placed them on a three-month suspension for breaching civil aviation regulations in the country.
According to civil aviation rules, a pilot is prohibited from taking alcohol or any alcoholic beverage for at least three hours before flight time.
NCAA: Pilots To Undergo Psychiatric Tests
Mr Adurogboye noted that such act could compromise the safety of their passengers.
He added that the NCAA was very vigilant in ensuring strict compliance with air safety rules.
“It is very clear. They are to be off duty for three months.
“While on suspension, they are to be made to go through psychiatric evaluation before rejoining the service.”
The NCAA spokesman, therefore, advised all airline operators and pilots to abide by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).
He also stressed that offenders and defaulters of the regulations would be visited with severe penalties.
Presently, Nigeria has more than 25 airports, 30 airlines, 590 pilots, 19 flight engineers, 258 air traffic controllers (ATC), 677 aircraft maintenance engineers, 1,103 cabin crew, and four aircraft dispatchers in operation.
However, the economic downturn and foreign exchange policy have affected the aviation industry badly.
Several foreign operators have either left the country or laid off workers to stay afloat.