Nigeria will no longer allow aircraft not fitted with emergency locator transmitter to fly in the country’s airspace, to avoid a situation in which crashed airplanes or helicopters will not be easily located, the private Nation newspaper Tuesday quoted the boss of the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, as saying.
He said though the transmitter was not a safety device, it facilitates the location of the spot where an aircraft may have crashed.
The NCAA’s action was triggered by the difficulties in locating a commercial helicopter which crashed
last month in South-west Osun state, killing all three occupants.
Dr. Demuren said it would not have been difficult to locate the helicopter if it had been fitted with the
emergency locator transmitter