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NCAA cautions pilots, others on adverse weather



NCAA cautions pilots, others on adverse weather


Airline operators and pilots have been cautioned over the prevalence of thunderstorms and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a weather alert cautioning them and Air Traffic Controllers on the inherent danger associated with severe storms.
A statement by the aviation regulatory body signed by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, stated that these hazards include severe turbulence, microburst, low level wind shears and hail events that could affect the safety of flight operations.
He stated that the weather alert is necessitated by the fact that rainy season, at onset, is usually accompanied with severe thunderstorms and many other hazardous weather phenomena.
Adurogboye stated that the Advisory Circular (AC) is based on the year 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) which indicated that rainy season is predicted to commence in March/April and May/June 2017 in the Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria respectively.
Adurogboye noted that Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions, such as severe thunderstorms, squall lines microburst or low level wind-shear, are observed or forecast.
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