The Kenya Air Traffic Controllers’ Association- KATCA -has expressed deep concerns over erroneous information by their Ethiopian counterparts to Nairobi bound flights.
The Ethiopian Air Traffic controllers have for the past few days been on a go slow and this has caused some serious safety concerns to flights to Nairobi from Addis Ababa.
In a statement sent to newsrooms by KATCA, the association has raised a number of issues they feel pose danger to flights to Nairobi from Addis.
“Letters of agreement between Addis Ababa and Nairobi on co-ordination procedures are not being followed. Flights inbound Nairobi from Addis Ababa are calling Nairobi control without prior estimates with the possibility of creating serious air-misses with known traffic at the transfer point.” The statement reads in part.
In a statement, KATCA said that aircrafts are entering the Kenyan airspace from Addis Ababa at flight levels that are different from those passed by those manning the Addis Ababa airspace.
“Nairobi ACC is now overwhelmed because they have no pass one estimate even more than five times to Addis Ababa ‘controlers’ who are unable to copy correct estimates.” It said.
There have been several incidences of loss of standard person between aircraft and the point of transfer between Addis Ababa and Nairobi due to wrong or no estimates from Addis Ababa.
The few estimates passed to Nairobu by Addis Ababa are in most cases wrong, the aircraft call signs are wrong, the aircraft types on the estimates are wrong and sometimes ebven the destinations as passed are wrong.
There has been one serious TCAS RA between Ethiopian Airlines Flight (Eth858) B737 and another aircraft, a moonflower B763 (NOS252) both maintaining FL360 with no prior co-ordination procedures are overwhelmed are too slow and can neither pass nor copy estimates correctly.
KATCA now claims that the retirees who are now working in the controllers’’ place have no current validation, are too slow, are unfamiliar with coordination procedures and could not pass or receive estimates correctly.
It said these issues pose a threat to passengers plying the Addis- Nairobi route and have therefore issued a red flag.