P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Aviation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:24:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Benin airport to be shut down for maintenance http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/benin-airport-to-be-shut-down-for-maintenance/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/benin-airport-to-be-shut-down-for-maintenance/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:37:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243288 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Benin Airport

There are indications that the Benin Airport may be shut down to air passengers for about four weeks to allow for maintenance work on the airport.

Sources at the airport confided to journalists in Benin that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has ordered the temporary closure between 20 June and 17 July, 2015, to enable management carry out maintenance of the airport’s run-way to ease flight landing and take-off.

The Manager of the Airport, Mr. Ayodele Sunday, failed to comment on the issue, simply saying that he was yet to be briefed.‬‪

To this end, passengers who use the airport may have to seek alternative route as all flight activities are expected to shift to Warri or Asaba Airports pending when repairs are fully effected.

It would be recalled that the main terminal building of the Benin Airport along with others across the country, were last renovated when Stella Oduah was Minister of Aviation.

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Dana Crash: Families of victims demand full compensation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/27/dana-crash-families-of-victims-demand-full-compensation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/27/dana-crash-families-of-victims-demand-full-compensation/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:11:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240677 Site of Dana Air Crash in 2012

Site of Dana Air Crash in 2012

The families of the victims of 2012 Dana plane crash on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to ensure that victims’ families that were yet to get their compensation were fully paid.

Mr Paul Okwulehie, chairman, families of victims, made the call on behalf of the families when he briefed newsmen on the 3rd Anniversary of the crash on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAN recalls that on June 3, 2012, a Lagos-bound Dana Air from Abuja crashed into a two-storey building at Ishaga, Lagos, killing all 153 passengers on board.

Okwulehie said the families representatives decided to come together to commemorate the incident as well as draw the attention of government to the need for the safety of the nation’s airspace.

He said that the event was organised to bring to the consciousness of the country’s aviation authority, the need to ensure that the next air crash does not happen.

Okwulehie, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan, for the compassion he showed them, as well as Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state for being proactive during the crash.

He equally commended the leadership of the National Assembly, the judiciary and other eminent Nigerians for their kindness towards the victims’ families.

Okwulehie stated that there should be safety audit of all passenger aircraft flying in Nigeria to mitigate cases of air incidences and accidents.

He said that the accident report of all plane crashes in the country and the level of implementation of the recommendations of such reports should be made public.

According to him, all air accidents are 99 per cent preventable if adequate safety measures are taken and followed.

Okwulehie called for globally applied uniform standard for the aviation industry to ensure safety of air passengers

He said that countries should ensure globally acceptable standards were maintained to ensure that passengers’ safety in the air was guaranteed.

Okwulehie also called on countries to establish and show a regularly reviewed and updated emergency rescue plan to cover all possible accident scenarios based on current and projectable aviation history.

According to him, planes not usable in countries with the highest safety standards should not be sold to poorer countries that lack standard facility for optimal maintenance.

“Aviation standard should be globally regulated and uniformly enforced.

“We insist that carriers with poor safety record should not be awarded with best airline of any year since safety must be first in the aviation industry globally.

“There should be global and national effort to locate all missing passenger aircraft to establish the cause of such accidents.

“Global demand that the safety audit of all, including pilot experience and training, the passenger aircraft be made available to the flying public at all times globally.

“The digital tape based memory in FDR should be replaced with the solid state version in all aircraft flying in Nigeria to avoid being damaged by fire in the course of accident,” he said.

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Scarcity: Aero Contractors pull plugs on flight http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/25/scarcity-aero-contractors-pull-plugs-on-flight/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/25/scarcity-aero-contractors-pull-plugs-on-flight/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:51:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240404 Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited has announced to its customers that it will have to down some of its earlier scheduled flights due to the lingering scarcity of petroleum products.

In a statement on its website, Aero Contractors said: “Due to the current scarcity of Jet-A1 fuel being experienced in the country, we regret to inform you that all our flights will not operate regularly as scheduled.

Aero Contractors

“We regret any inconvenience the changes will cause. All efforts are being made to ameliorate the situation and revert to our regular flight schedule,” the statement added.

It would be recalled that telecommunication companies, Airtel and MTN have issued similar statements and leading financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank has stated that it will close operations by 1:00 pm daily.

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India lands jet fighter on highway as part of trial http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/22/india-lands-jet-fighter-on-highway-as-part-of-trial/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/22/india-lands-jet-fighter-on-highway-as-part-of-trial/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 04:35:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240146 India fighter jet lands on highway

India fighter jet lands on highway

India Air Force (IAF) on Thursday landed a jet fighter on a highway close to New Delhi, the first of the country’s emergency drill landing.

The IAF report said there was always an element of risk in such drills but thorough safety checks were conducted on the surface quality of the expressway.

“The aircraft made a practice approach on the highway, coming down to a height of 100 metres, before landing on the next approach,” report said.

According to the report, landing jet fighters on roads are common manoeuvres in many countries, especially, when airbases come under attack and might be unusable.

The report said few Indian roads were suitable for the drill, adding that IAF had identified and designated more highways as potential landing strips.

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13 airports ready with airfield lighting soon – FAAN http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/09/13-airports-ready-with-airfield-lighting-soon-faan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/09/13-airports-ready-with-airfield-lighting-soon-faan/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 09:54:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238842 Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

The Federal Government said that 13 airports across the country were being fitted with airfield lighting for improved productivity and enhanced operations.

This was contained in a statement by Mr Yakubu Dati, General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Friday in Abuja.

The statement said the Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Common User Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, on Thursday.

It said the minister further promoted the concept of one aviation stating that “safety security and comfort must be above board” at the event.

“According to him, the concept of Measurement, Monitoring and Improvement (MMI) had become inevitable if the country’s aviation industry must move forward.

“The Common User Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) installed by Bicourtney Aviation Services operators of Murtala Mohammed Airport Domestic Terminal II, is the first of its kind in the country,” it said.

The statement added that the Chairman of Bicourteny Aviation Services Ltd, Dr Wale Babalakin, commended government for its support.

It said that the minister also inaugurated the self check-in kiosk, screening point and check-in counters at the Terminal.

“The occasion was attended by aviation stakeholders and service providers,” the statement added.

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FG downgrades Asaba airport over safety concerns http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/06/fg-downgrades-asaba-airport-over-safety-concerns/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/06/fg-downgrades-asaba-airport-over-safety-concerns/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 08:43:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238551 Asaba Airport: downgraded  over safety concerns

Asaba Airport: downgraded over safety concerns

The Federal Government has downgraded the Asaba Airport over the failure of Delta State Government to put in place safety and security measures at the airport, a statement said.

The statement was by Mr James Odaudu, an Assistant Director, Press & Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, on Tuesday in Abuja.

It said that with the downgrading, the airport would now be allowed to accommodate the operation of only Dash 8-Q 400 aircraft or its equivalent until all the safety issues were addressed.

A Dash 8-Q 400 aircraft is manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace aircraft makers in Canada.

It was previously known as the de Havilland Canada Dash 8 or DHC-8.

It is among a series of twin-engined, medium range, turboprop airliners, delivered in four series. The Series 100 has a maximum capacity of 39, the Series 200 has the same capacity but offers more powerful engines, the Series 300 is a stretched, 50-seat version, and the Series 400 is further stretched to 78 passengers.

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

The NCAA stated that the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authourity (NCAA), had raised several safety concerns about bigger planes landing or taking off at the airport.

The safety concerns according to the statement, were over undulations on the airport’s runway, the lack of the required strip, perimeter fencing, drainage, as well as lack of adequately trained technical personnel.

It said the decision was taken since no concrete steps had been taken to address the issues which were capable of compromising the safety of flight operation and the passengers.

“It has therefore become a matter of serious concern that despite a series of meetings with, and assurances given by the operators of the airport.

“The Federal Government has also drawn the attention of the owners of the airport to the fact that it has, through its inability to address the issues, violated compliance with safety standards.

“Safety standard as stipulated in the Nig. CARs Part 12.6.2 and 12.6.3 in respect of the airport runway and its associated facilities as well as adequately trained personnel were violated,” the statement said.

It quoted the Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka, as saying that the downgrading was done in public interest.

“Because the Federal Government places very high premium on the safety and security of aviation passengers and would never compromise set standards for whatever reason.

“The minister, however, assures that the airport would revert to its previous status as soon as all the safety concerns are adequately and satisfactorily addressed,” the statement added.

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Nigeria completes calibration of navigational aids http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/26/nigeria-completes-calibration-of-navigational-aids/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/26/nigeria-completes-calibration-of-navigational-aids/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:45:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237557 By Simon Ateba

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said on Sunday that it has completed the calibration of navigational aids across the country, ten days after the operation began.

The calibration of navigational aids is an inspection of electronic signals at airports to ensure they are safe and accurate and are of international standard.

The calibration was managed by NAMA engineers and a technical team from ASECNA, an air traffic control agency based in Dakar, Senegal, that manages 16.1 million square kilometres of airspace and covers six flight information regions.

ASECNA Air Traffic Control centres are based at international airports in Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic and Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.
NAMA public relation department quoted the leader of the ASECNA calibration team, Engr. Nganan Jorim, as expressing delight over what he referred to as “the most successful calibration exercise in recent time.”

“The report of the calibration indicated that the navigational aids are in a very perfect condition for safe flight operations,” Jorim was quoted as saying.

Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam

Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam

NAMA also quoted the Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Abdulahi Alhassan, who led the Ghanaian delegation to NAMA headquarters in Lagos as saying that he was delighted and impressed by the capacity and performance of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) equipment in guaranteeing safety of air navigation in the country.

“We are highly impressed with what we have seen here, both in terms of technical infrastructure and human capacity to effectively man these facilities and guarantee safety of air travel in the country,” Alhassan was quoted as saying.

He also mentioned the lingering dispute between Ghana CAA and ASECNA.

The Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam assured his guests that Nigeria was disposed to a peaceful and amicable resolution of dispute betwen Ghana CAA and ASECNA.

“We are committed to co-operating with both Ghana and ASECNA in our determination to ensure safety of the African sky,” he said.

Abdulsalam also promised to open a line of communication with ASECNA on the possibility of the three organisations meeting at the WACAF office in Dakar and amicably resolving the issues.

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Arik Air abandons New York bound passengers in Lagos http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/arik-air-abandons-new-york-bound-passengers-in-lagos/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/arik-air-abandons-new-york-bound-passengers-in-lagos/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:33:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236678
FILE PHOTO: Passengers waiting to board an Arik Air flight

FILE PHOTO: Passengers waiting to board an Arik Air flight

New York bound intending passengers on Arik Air have been stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) airport correspondent reports that the intending travelers, numbering no fewer than 100 were stranded at the airport since April 17.

The intending travelers resorted to violent protests, invading the tarmac of the airport and disrupting a scheduled Lagos-Accra flight of Arik Air early on Saturday.

However, the Spokesman of Arik Air, Mr Ola Adebanji, told reporters that the issue had been resolved and that the Accra-bound aircraft later made the trip.

Adebanji explained that the U.S. bound passengers could not depart as scheduled, due to malfunctioning of the browser, fuelling the aircraft.

He assured that the U.S bound passengers would make their trip immediately the problem was fixed.

One of the stranded intending travelers, who identified herself simply as Tolu lamented her inability to make the trip on schedule.

She said that the management of Arik Air had kept them in the dark on the inability of the plane to depart on schedule.

Tolu said that the intending passengers were abandoned, instead of being lodged in a hotel and that they had no means to get in touch with their families.

She claimed that the abandoned travelers were only given snacks and a bottle of water since Friday morning when the flight was cancelled.

Another passenger who also declined to mention his name described the handling of the intending passengers by the airline as poor.

According to him, Arik Air has persistently abandoned intending passengers without tangible excuses while “the industry regulator, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) often looks the other way’’.

He, however, vowed to challenge the latest development in court.

When contacted, the Director of Consumer Protection, of the NCAA, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, said that the duty of NCAA on passenger processing stopped at the boarding gate where Aviation Security takes over from.

Adamu, however, promised to investigate the matter, especially the non-protection of passengers who were supposed to be taken to hotel and offered amenities. (

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Nigeria air traffic controllers suspend crippling strike http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/nigeria-air-traffic-controllers-suspend-crippling-strike/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/nigeria-air-traffic-controllers-suspend-crippling-strike/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:41:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236520 MMA

Nigeria air traffic controllers on Friday suspended a strike that had grounded all domestic flights, but warned that a more damaging work stoppage would be launched next week if their demands were not met.

“The strike was a warning strike,” said Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). “Normal flights have now resumed,” he told AFP.

The work stoppage by the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers caused chaos and frustration at airports across the country.

Union chief Victor Eyaru was quoted widely in local media on Friday as saying that a more protracted strike would be launched on April 20 if their calls for better pay and improved working conditions were not answered.

Domestic air travel is a crucial means of transport across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, given the poor conditions of many roads and relatively limited train network.

Attacks by roadside bandits who target motorists have also led to an increased reliance on domestic flights.

International carriers were not affected by Thursday’s strike.

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Rolls-Royce gets Emirates $9.2bn engines deal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/rolls-royce-gets-emirates-9-2bn-engines-deal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/rolls-royce-gets-emirates-9-2bn-engines-deal/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:56:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236509 Emirates Airline

Dubai’s Emirates Airline on Friday awarded a record engines deal worth $9.2-billion (8.5-billion-euro) to British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.

“Emirates has today announced an historic $9.2 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term TotalCare package,” it said in a statement.

The engines will power 50 Airbus A380s that were ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013 and will start entering service next year.

The deal — the biggest ever for Rolls-Royce, and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK-based company — was unveiled at a press conference in central London by Emirates president Tim Clark.

“Rolls-Royce is a key partner for Emirates and we have been impressed with its commitment to continual improvements in the economic and operational performance of the Trent 900,” said Clark.

“These improvements have been decisive factors in our selection of the product for 50 of our A380s.

“Today’s announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the large and sustained economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.”

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Air traffic controllers’ strike grounds all Nigerian domestic flights http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/16/air-traffic-controllers-strike-grounds-all-nigerian-domestic-flights/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/16/air-traffic-controllers-strike-grounds-all-nigerian-domestic-flights/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:58:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236423 MMA

A strike by air traffic controllers grounded all domestic flights in Nigeria on Thursday leaving passengers stranded at terminals across the country, an official said.

“For now domestic flights are not taking place as only skeleton services are going on,” Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) told AFP.

Dati said international travel had not been affected, with the major carriers that operate in Nigeria — including British Airways, Air France and KLM — continuing with regular services.

The air traffic controllers’ union has made a series of demands for better pay and improved working conditions but it was not immediately clear if they issued a warning about their planned work stoppage.

“The issue is being resolved and I can assure you that everything will soon be OK,” Dati said.

Domestic air travel is a crucial means of transport across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, given the poor conditions of many roads and relatively limited train network.

Attacks by roadside bandits who target motorists have also led to an increase reliance on domestic flights.

Nigeria’s top domestic carrier, Arik Air, confirmed that it had been grounded.

“We are not flying now because of the industrial action,” a company spokesman said, adding that the airline would resume operations “as soon as the issue is resolved.”

Nigeria has relatively strong labour unions, including in the oil sector, where strikes and even the threat of strikes have caused major disruptions across the country.

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Four Emirate Airline staff arraigned for stealing $1.6million http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/02/four-emirate-airline-staff-arraigned-for-stealing-1-6million/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/02/four-emirate-airline-staff-arraigned-for-stealing-1-6million/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234986 Akin Kuponiyi

Emirates

Four Emirates Airlines staff have been arraigned before of a Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged theft of $1.6 million belonging to a Lagos businessman Prince Chu Ikem Orji.‬

‪The accused staff: Abayomi Adekanbi Abiola, Isiaka Adegoke Adedeji, Awonubi Abayomi and George Ikpekhia, were arraigned alongside Emirates Airlines, Pathfinders International Ltd and Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Ltd.‬

The accused persons were arraigned on eleven counts charge of stealing, fraud, obtaining money under false pretence, willful destruction of evidence and failure to report an international transfer fund.‬

All the accused persons and the companies pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against them. After the accused took their pleas, the prosecuting counsel Michael O. S. urged the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody pending when their bail applications will be heard.‬

However, the defence lawyer, Mr Awa Kalu (SAN), leading four other lawyers informed the court that the bail applications of the accused persons have been filed and the prosecution have been served.‬

He added that the accused persons have already been granted bail by Justice Abang, when they were initially arraigned before the court\/

Consequently he urged the court to allow the accused to continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted them since it has not been revoked.‬

However, the prosecutor insisted that the accused should be remanded because he has just been served with copies of the bail applications and he needed time to reply.‬
‪He further told the court that the charge before Abang was different from the new amended charge.‬

However, the presiding Judge Idris, contended that bail is a right of every accused person and not a privilege as an accused person is presumed innocent until contrary is proven.‬

Consequently, the court admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of N5million with one surety each. The surety, must possess landed property within the court’s jurisdiction and that all the accused persons must deposit their passports with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar.‬

‪The matter has been adjourned till May 25, for trial to commence.

‪The accused persons were alleged to have on the 19th of December 2007, at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, stole four bags with tag number EK 428682, EK 428683, EK 650162, EK 650161, containing the sum of $1.6million, belonging to Prince Chu Ikem Orji, on the promise of keeping them intact for onward delivery to him at Guangzhou, China.‬

They were also alleged to have conspired together to fraudulently defraud the victim of the four bags containing the said amount by wilfully destroying the evidences through deletion of baggage details in their system with an intent to prevent it from being used in evidence against them.

According to the prosecutor Michael O. S., who appeared alongside Barrister Chris Ekemezie, who was watching brief for the complainant, the offence alleged to have been committed by the accused persons were contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 390 (0), 442, 421, 419, 123, of the criminal code Act, Cap C38 and 15 (2), (b) and (3) of the Money Laundry Act, Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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Fire At Lagos Airport http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/01/fire-at-lagos-airport/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/01/fire-at-lagos-airport/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:17:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234959 By Simon Ateba

FILE PHOTO: Men of fire service at work

FILE PHOTO: Men of fire service at work

There was a fire incident on Wednesday at the “E” arrival wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said in a statement.

FAAN said the incident occurred at about 1:13 p.m.

“The smoke was quickly traced to some offices at the E wing on the ground floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers,” said Yakubu Dati, FAAN spokesman.

Dati said investigations has commenced to ascertain the cause of the fire.

“The Authority wishes to assure the traveling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal,” he said.

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Airbus Crashes In France With 148 On Board http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/24/airbus-crashes-in-france-with-148-on-board/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/24/airbus-crashes-in-france-with-148-on-board/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:16:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234097 A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on Tuesday with all 148 people on board pronounced dead, in one of the worst ever plane disasters in the country.

France’s transport minister said there were “no survivors” from the crash of the Germanwings Airbus A320, reports AFP.

“The circumstances of the accident, that are not yet clear, make us think there are not thought to be any survivors,” President Francois Hollande told reporters.

Airbus

Airbus

The plane was travelling from the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona to the German city of Duesseldorf when it went down in the Barcelonnette area in southeastern France.

The airliner, which was carrying 142 passengers and six crew, issued a distress call at 10:47 am (0947 GMT), civil aviation authorities said.

“The debris of a passenger plane has been found in the region of Barcelonette,” said interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet.

He said “major rescue efforts” had been mobilised.

The plane belonged to Germanwings, a low-cost affiliate of German airline Lufthansa based in Cologne which had no fatal accidents.

The single-aisle A320 typically seats 150 to 180 people.

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Arik Air Opens Abuja-Accra-Dakar Route http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/23/arik-air-opens-abuja-accra-dakar-route/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/23/arik-air-opens-abuja-accra-dakar-route/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:21:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234031 By Simon Ateba

Arik Air

Nigeria’s carrier, Arik Air, said on Monday it is extending its Abuja-Accra service to Dakar, Senegal from 24 March.

Similarly, the Lagos-Dakar service will be strengthened to six weekly flights with a new thrice weekly Lagos-Accra-Dakar service.

The Abuja-Accra-Dakar service which was first introduced in February 2014 was suspended in the wake of the Ebola disease outbreak in July 2014. Though the Abuja-Accra service is a daily service, the extension to Dakar will operate thrice weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, said Banji Ola, Arik spokesperson.

As a result of these developments, Ola said, Arik Air will be creating a scissors hub in Accra where passengers from Lagos and Abuja can connect direct to Dakar.

“Also, Arik Air will be only carrier offering non-stop service to Dakar from Accra,” Ola said in a statement.

Arik Air quoted Deputy Managing Director/Senior Vice President, Operations, Captain Ado Sanusi as saying that “As the dominant commercial airline in West and Central Africa, Arik Air is always seeking to strengthen its services in the region to give guests comfort and value for money. We are ready to provide greater choice and a convenient, accessible network to our valued guests in the West Coast of Africa.”

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Arik Air raises N5m to fight Sickle Cell burden


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Arik Air

Arik Air, West Africa’s largest commercial carrier, has partnered the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, SCFN to raise over N5million to fight the burden of the disorder in the country.



The support is in form of an In-Flight Donation Scheme to raise funds that will enable the foundation to provide necessary treatment, care and support for people with sickle cell disorder in Nigeria.

The scheme has been ongoing for almost five months now during which more than N5m has been raised.



Speaking at a media forum recently, the chairman of the foundation, Prof. Olu Akinyanju said, 
Nigeria has the highest burden of the Sickle Cell in the world because of our population, with over 150,000 children born with sickle cell disorder in Nigeria”.



Appreciating the management of Arik Air, Akinyanju said, “money for the health sector generally is low not to talk of sickle cell, so it is very important. We are very happy that Arik airlines now is supporting us, we are happy you are here to see what we are doing. There must be continuity and we hope we continue to get funds from not just Arik but from everyone.”



Speaking on behalf of the management of Arik Air, Siva Ramachandran said, sickle cell disorder is a serious condition needing urgent intervention like any other condition or disease.



”The disorder affects our children and we must find a way to control, if not, eradicate it and this can only be done by public awareness so that public can be aware of this condition and the requirements to work towards the control and eradication. 

”As a caring airline, we thought we have to support this course to contribute to the success and expansion of the projects with the control and probably, eradication of the disorder.”

He noted that sustaining this course, the centre in controlling this condition require fund.

Ramachandran also appealed to the general public to support this course whenever they travel on the  airlines with their contribution from their hearts. 



The In-Flight Scheme is in the form of charitable donations from passengers on board Arik flights. He added that the contribution on the part of the passengers create an avenue to also spread, educate and create awareness on sickle cell on a regular basis.



The airline has commenced the initiative on the Lagos-Abuja-Lagos and Lagos-Port Harcourt–Lagos routes. It plans to expand to other routes in the future.

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Passengers Stranded In Kaduna As Arik Air Plane Breaks Down http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/20/passengers-stranded-in-kaduna-as-arik-air-plane-breaks-down/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/20/passengers-stranded-in-kaduna-as-arik-air-plane-breaks-down/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:37:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233775 By Simon Ateba

FILE PHOTO: Passengers waiting to board an Arik Air flight

FILE PHOTO: Passengers waiting to board an Arik Air flight

An Arik Air plane from Jos broke down after landing safely in Kaduna on Friday, leaving 136 passengers and seven crew members stranded at the airport, sources said.

The Boeing 737 with registration number 5N-MJC landed safely in Kaduna at 6:23 p.m. but at 7:13 p.m., the pilot declared technical fault.

The plane was meant to continue its journey to Lagos but as at 9:00 pm, the passengers remained stranded at the Kaduna airport.

Unconfirmed report said Arik Air was about sending another plane to bring the passengers to Lagos.

Banji Ola, Arik Air spokesperson did not return our text message to him.

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Suspected stowaway dies on Arik Flight http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/14/suspected-stowaway-dies-on-arik-flight/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/14/suspected-stowaway-dies-on-arik-flight/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:22:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233296 By Simon Ateba

Arik Air

Men of the Airport Police Command have evacuated the remains of a suspected stowaway discovered in the undercarriage compartment of an Arik Air aircraft, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said on Saturday.

FAAN said the body was evacuated from an Arik Airbus A345 aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The corpse, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, has been deposited at an undisclosed mortuary, following due diligence by the relevant Aviation and Security agencies, said Yarbubu Dati, FAAN spokesman.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is currently reviewing footages of the CCTV system and airside security operations with a view to identifying the gaps and personnel failure, if any, in order to take remedial actions.

“The Authority had intensified efforts at improving security and safety at both land and airside through the installation of high tech screening machines, CCTV surveillance cameras and patrol teams.

“The Authority is assuring all travelling passengers of safety of lives and property throughout the nation’s airport,” Dati said in a statement.

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Private jet owners get Aviation Ministry ultimatum http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/09/private-jet-owners-get-aviation-ministry-ultimatum/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/09/private-jet-owners-get-aviation-ministry-ultimatum/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:55:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=232592 Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

The Ministry of Aviation, on Sunday issued a 90-day ultimatum to owners of private jets in the country to regularize their documentation to specify their choice of operation.

Mr Mohammed Abass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, gave the ultimatum in a statement issued in Lagos after a meeting which lasted for several hours in Abuja.

He said the ultimatum was issued at the conclusion of the meeting between officials of the ministry and other stakeholders in the aviation sector including owners and operators of private jets.

“As part of the unanimous decisions reached at the meeting, the blanket ban on operators of foreign registered privately operated aircrafts in the country has been lifted with conditions attached.

“As earlier indicated, a 90-day ultimatum is one of the conditions, during which it is expected that all operators would have regularised their documentation to specify their choice of operation,” he said.

Abass, however, warned that during the moratorium, owners of private jets would not be allowed to secretly use their aircrafts for commercial purposes.

“Participants at the meeting agreed that anybody who violate the ultimatum will be visited with more stiffer penalties than earlier earmarked,” Abass said.

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Lagos Court Frees Babalakin over N4.7bn Fraud http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/23/lagos-court-frees-babalakin-over-n4-7bn-fraud/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/23/lagos-court-frees-babalakin-over-n4-7bn-fraud/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:08:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=230956 Dr Wale Babalakin: freed of N4.7bn fraud

Dr Wale Babalakin: freed of N4.7bn fraud

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Lagos High Court today discharged the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Ltd, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) over a N4.7billion fraud charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court also absolved Babalakin’s companies Stabilini Visioni Ltd., Bi-Courtney Ltd, Renix Nigeria Ltd and Alex Okoh who were charged along with him.

The EFCC had charged Babalakin and his co-defendants to court on a 27-count charge bordering on conspiracy, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct and corruptly conferring benefit on account of public action.

The anti-graft agency alleged that Babalakin and his co-defendants fraudulently assisted convicted former Delta state governor, James Ibori to transfer huge sums of money through various parties to Erin Aviation account in Mauritius for the purchase of a plane.

But Babalakin alongside his co-defendants through their lawyers filed separate applications, praying Justice Lawal-Akapo to quash the N4.7bn charges, with a position that the EFCC, as a federal agency, lacked valid fiat to prosecute them in a state high court.

The defendants through their counsel, Dr. Biodun Layonu (SAN), Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Mr. Roland Otaru (SAN), Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN) and Mr. Oladapo Akinosun had also argued that the state High Court has no jurisdiction to hear offences brought under the EFCC Act.

The lawyers posited that all the charges against the defendant were predicated on repealed laws of Lagos State and urged the court to quash same.

They also submitted that the defendants were not properly informed of the details they were charged for as stated in the Constitution, adding that count 2 to 13 of the charge did not inform the defendant the details of the offence, neither did they constitute an offence under any written law in the country.

EFCC through its lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), while opposing the applications of the defendants told the court it has constitutional right to prosecute the defendants before a state high court.

Jacob also contended that Section 286 of the constitution permits state high court to entertain federal offences.

On the issue of general fiat issued by the Attorney General of the Federation, Jacob said the only person who can complain about not getting the said fiat is the Lagos State Attorney General himself and not any of the party before the court.

The EFCC counsel said both EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation are authorised by Law to initiate criminal proceeding, adding that the fact that both bodies jointly initiated the charges against the defendants does not make it illegal.

Ruling on the application today, the trial Judge, formulated four issues to determination; Whether the EFCC can prosecute a defendants without fait, whether James Ibori is a public officer, whether two prosecuting authorities can jointly sign a charge and whether the charge on the surface contains sufficient information.

The judge resolved three of the issues in favour of Babalakin and his co defendant and only upheld that the EFCC had the power to prosecute an matter in court without fiat.

Justice Lawal-Akapo ruled that the EFCC had not disclosed enough information to sustain the allegation made against Babalakin and his co-defendants.

The judge held that the EFCC for instance did not disclose the particulars of the offences allegedly committed, when the offences took place etc.

Consequently Justice Lawal-Akapo said “the amended information filed May 7, 2013 is incurably bad and ineffective.”

The judge also held that James Ibori who was alleged to have corruptly conferred the N4.7billion on Babalakin is not a public office as stated in the charge.

On the issue of prosecuting authorities jointly signing a charge, the judge agreed with the defendants that the trial was a joint prosecution between the EFCC and the Attorney General of Lagos State.

He subsequently discharged the defendants.

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