The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has assured worried airline passengers that no Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft currently operate in the country.

This assurance was contained in a statement released on Tuesday, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman following Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines ET302 plane crash.

“Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country,” NCAA’s spokesman said.

“However, the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.”

He further said: ” This is to assure the public that NCAA will continue to ensure that safety regulations are strictly adhered to for the safety of all in Nigeria.

The safety of Boeing 737 Max 8 has come into question worldwide after the Ethiopian Airline crash coming within six months of another similar crash, Indonesia’s Lion Air, involving the same Boeing 737 Max 8 brand.

The two relatively new airplanes crashed minutes after take-off.

“Our heart is with the Airline and families of the victims of the accident,” the NCAA spokesman said.

Several airlines, including China, Indonesia, Ethiopia and the UK have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 till investigations are complete on whether the crashes are related.

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