An aviation marshall at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Chima Johnson, has urged suppliers and firms that deal on aviation fuel otherwise known as “Jet A1” to always ensure that the product they supply is of good quality.
He said the effect of supplying adulterated Jet A1 has a far-reaching negative impact on safety of aircraft, as such adulteration can cause a collosal damage to the engine of the aircraft.
Johnson, who disclosed this in a chat with aviation correspondents in Omagwa, last Tuesday, noted that one of the major causes of plane crash is as a result of adulterated aviation fuel.
Speaking further on the matter, the marshall cited an instance of one of his pilot friends who piloted a private aircraft from Port Harcourt to Ghana but did not return with the aircraft until after two months.
“When I saw the pilot recently and asked him why he has been away for such a long time, he replied that the flight was packed in Ghana after landing, but could not start again to take-off.
“We had to call experts from United States to check what was the problem, but it was discovered that the aviation fuel was adulterated and had damaged one of the engines and so they had to drain out all the fuel and dry the engine.
“The process took more than one month and if I had continued with one engine, the remaining engine would be affected with the adulterated fuel and thank God that the thing did not happen while on board, else there could be a crash”, Johnson quoted the pilot.
The marshall, therefore, call for proper quality control and monitoring of production and supply of aviation fuel by air and flight operators to avoid crash.