The flight dispatcher of United Nigeria Airlines (UNA) who erroneously entered a wrong code into the dispatch document on Sunday for a flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has been suspended indefinitely.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that the flight dispatcher (names withheld), was issued a suspension letter on Tuesday by the management of the airline after the error caused the carrier an avoidable embarrassment.
A source familiar with the development, said the suspension would remain in place until after the conclusion of the ongoing investigation into the incident.
Head, Corporate Communications, United Nigeria Airlines, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, who confirmed the suspension, however noted, that it was not an indictment, “but an action to enable investigation.”
DIPLOMATIC DIARY had on Sunday reported that the flight dispatcher, entered into the dispatch document ABB, which is the code for Asaba International Airport, Delta, instead of ABV, which is the code for Abuja Airport.
The incident had made the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to issue some new guidelines on wet-leased aircraft, while the investigation is still ongoing.
Also, various organizations and bodies have shared their views on the incident, which they said was avoidable.
The Flight Dispatcher Association of Nigeria (FLIDAN), in a statement isdued on Wednesday through its Secretary General, said that the flight dispatcher followed the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, Part 8-Operations; by filing a flight plan with Aeronautical Information Service (AIS), which was transmitted to the control tower.
According to the body, the flight plan document indicated Lagos as departure with destination as Abuja, while the first alternate was given as Enugu and second alternate as Port Harcourt Airport