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As far as airlines go, Max Air in Nigeria is in hot water again. Saharareporters have accessed an internal memo from July 9th which suggested that the airline had taken contaminated fuel from Octavus, a company run by Sheriff Shagaya and one of his sisters. The contaminated fuel forced the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend parts of Max Air’s operation, grounding the aircraft and halting domestic flights .
The memo, signed by the Head of Maintenance, Mubarak Haladu, declared that Max Air would not be taking any fuel from Octavus for “internal investigations and auditing of fuel marketers” until further notice. The memo also highlighted several other incidents regarding the airline, including the “loss of number 1 Main Landing Gear wheel”, “fuel contamination”, as well as “duct overheat indication in the cockpit”.
Octavus is a business venture affiliated with Bola Shagaya, a well-known businesswoman and fashion enthusiast in Nigeria. The company, established in Ilorin in 2021, claims to create value for it’s customers through the supply of aviation fuel and aviation products.
In response to the incidents, the NCAA conducted an audit of Max Air consisting of a team of inspectors. Things are not looking good for the airline, who now have a dim outlook as the NCAA holds them responsible for their negligence.
Above all, this situation only highlights the critical importance of proper fuel handling for airlines. Contaminated fuel can have devastating effects and incidents like these demonstrate why it is important to have stringent quality control measures in place to eliminate any chance for contaminated fuel entering the supply chain. Vigilance must be exercised by airlines when selecting their suppliers and assessing the quality of their fuel to ensure safety for both passengers and staff