The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday released a grounded foreign registered aircraft after its owners paid a seven million naira (35,131 U.S. dollars) fine.

NCAA spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lagos.

The aircraft, a Bombardier 700-100 with registration marks G-RBEN Global Express S/N 9083, operated by Gama Aviation, Britian, was grounded recently for alleged violation of Nigeria’s airspace.

Similar treatment was meted out to a Mexican aircraft, an Embraer 135 J with registration marks XA-MHA, the operators of which are yet to comply with NCAA’s sanction.

Adurogboye told the media that Gama Aviation also paid a 20,000 dollars fine to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for operating illegal flights within the country.

The G-RBEN aircraft which holds a British Air Operators Certificate (AOC) had been carrying out several domestic operations between Abuja and Lagos without the NCAA’s permit.

The NCAA’s spokesperson said the crew had told Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) that the aircraft possessed a ministerial approval for the flight but that could not produce the said approval upon landing, which led to the aircraft being grounded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport (NAA), Abuja.