Niger Airlines, the Nigerien private airline is no longer allowed to take off until further notice after the country’s civil aviation authority ANAC decided to ground the airline over safety concerns. This is after Niger Airlines flight operated on the Fokker 27 with the registration 5U-NAA repeatedly had breakdowns, as local media report.
On this note of 31 October, addressed to the CEO of the company, the air transport authority cited as grounds doubts about the airworthiness of the fleet, as well as complaints related to the quality of services.
“Following the multiple failures, some of which are recurrent, occurred on your Fokker 27 Mark 050 aircraft registered 5SU-NAA, and the many complaints from passengers, I regret to announce the suspension of your flights with the said aircraft until further notice,” reads the correspondence from ANAC, which also plans to conduct a full and detailed review of the operating system (personnel, operation and airworthiness) of the company.
Niger Airlines had previously served the country’s main cities with this only aircraft still in service in its fleet. The aircraft was part of Ethiopian fleet in the ’90s. The turboprop is the airline’s only aircraft.