Arik Air:Pilots sanctioned for flying plane with one engine in Nigeria

The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the licences of the two pilots of Nigerian airline Arik Air, who flew the airline's Boeing 737-700 aircraft with one engine over a one-hour trip after the plane suffered a bird strike Sunday.

The unidentified pilots flew the plane, with 69 passengers, from the South-eastern city of Owerri to the nation's commercial capital, Lagos, with one engine after the other one had been disabled by the bird strike shortly after take-off, the private Punch newspaper reported Friday.

“I can tell you authoritatively that NCAA has suspended the licences of the flight crew that flew that plane from Owerri to Lagos on Sunday. Their licences will remain suspended until investigation is concluded,'' the paper quoted an NCAA official as saying.
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