Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi, yesterday faulted the claims that the disputed Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 jets were stolen at the Lagos airport.

A three-man United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) team has commenced a routine assessment of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja.

In an official statement issued yesterday and signed by the general manager, public relations, Sam Adurogboye, the agency stated that the team’s visit was to observe the implementation of Aviation Security (AVSEC) measures and to also conduct inspection on recommended TSA security procedures for its air carriers (Delta Airlines).

The statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, disclosed that the TSAs Annual Airport Assessment visit has since begun on the 28th January -1st February, 2019. NCAA listed members of the TSA team as: Laura Loya (team lead), Edward Cloniger and Mitch Mankowski.

The team came on similar assessment visit last year. According to the agency, “as a matter of policy, the Transportation Security Administration of United States of America on an annual basis visits countries where American airlines operate.”

While welcoming the team at the Aviation House, director-general of the Authority, Capt. Muhtar Usman, promised NCAA’s cooperation and support towards accomplishing their assignment. He expressed the Authority’s readiness to close in real time any open items that may be noticed.

“Safety and security is the most crucial element of civil aviation, NCAA will continue to collaborate with stakeholders in ensuring safe and secure flight operations,” the agency stated.

In a related development, students of the Covenant University also made a study visit to the NCAA Aviation House yesterday.

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