Helicopter crashes into residential building in Lagos

An helicopter has crashed into a residential area in Opebi area of Lagos State. The helicopter belonging to Quorum Aviation dropped from the sky around 12.17 pm at the Salvation Bus Stop area in Opebi. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has been drafted to the scene to put things under control. The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) has confirmed that the helicopter, which was carrying three passengers, claimed two lives while one is in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. Director-General, LASEMA, Dr…

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FG: International flight operators that board COVID-19 patient will pay $3,500 fine

Dr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Taskforce on COVID-19 has warned all international flight operators that any airline that boards COVID-19 patient will be made to pay a fine of $3,500. Aliyu said this during a briefing of the Taskforce that, for the international flights, there would be an additional 10, 000 tests to be conducted daily. “All travellers coming into the country will continue to observe the old quarantine protocol that we currently have. We will be continuing with the process of requesting for a negative PCR…

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Nigeria to resume international flights on August 29

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced that Nigeria will resume international flights on August 29, 2020. International flight operations were suspended by the Federal Government in March as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Announcing the resumption on Monday in a tweet from his twitter handle @hadisirika, the minister said international flight operations would begin at the Lagos and Abuja Airports. “Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with…

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Air Peace: Sacking our pilots was a painful decision

The Management of Air Peace has disengaged some of its pilots. The decision, according to the company stemmed from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health. A statement issued by the spokesperson of the airline, Mr. Stanley Olise, explained that the sack of the pilots, is painful but rightful decision, however, attributed the action to the resolve of the management for the greater good of the company and its almost 3000 workforces with the affected pilots inclusive. “The airline cannot afford to toe the…

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Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot dies

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has announced the death of Nigeria’s first ever female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile. Spokesman to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Ibikunle Daramola announced her death in a statement late on Tuesday. Daramola disclosed that Arotile died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road transport accident at NAF Base in Kaduna State. Arotile, died barely a year after she was winged as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa. The…

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Exclusive! “We are stranded at Lagos Airport” -UK returnees cry out

Nigerians that relocated into the country at about 1:43pm have been abandoned at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, alleging that they are stranded. According to one of the passengers that spoke exclusively to Top News Magazines, she accused the officials of the Nigerian airport of neglect, and the disease control unit NCDC, a failure as all passengers were scattered around the tarmac with no one to attend to them. “We came in with a British Airways flight at exactly 1:43 pm and till now 4:48pm(over 3hours), we are…

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Airlines employers begin massive slash of salaries

Airline employers have begin massive cut of salaries amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the grounding of over 76 domestic planes. Arik Air on Wednesday slashed the April salaries of its workers by 80 per cent and sent over 90 per cent of its over 1,500 employees on  compulsory leave without pay. Already, Azman Air and Max Air had sent over 1,000 workers on compulsory leave without pay, citing the ravaging effect of the COVID-19 on business. The eight domestic airlines and allied companies account for over 8,000…

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Customs: N2.9b cash in 6 bags seized at Lagos airport

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday announced that it has seized a whooping sum of $8.6 million (equivalent of N2.9 billion) cash at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos. The cash was loaded in six Bagco bags discovered in a bus operated by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), apparently in the process of being smuggled out of the country. The driver of the bus, Chimezie Okonkwo, was arrested and taken into custody with the intercepted consignment. NAHCO, a ground handling service provider, has dissociated self from…

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Boeing unveils world’s longest plane amid crisis

Boeing has unveiled the first fully assembled Boeing 777X – the world’s longest passenger jetliner. The launch, earlier scheduled for last Wednesday, was delayed due to the Ethiopian Airlines’ B737Max plane that crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 souls onboard. In the aftermath of the disaster, the second in five months, airlines in many parts of the world have grounded the B737Max 8 and 9 fleet, putting Boeing in crisis. But as a mark of respect for those who died in the 737 Max 8 crash, it was instead unveiled…

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Two Nigerians, 155 others die in plane crash

The air crash involving Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing737MAX plane that had barely taken off from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa yesterday, has left 157 people dead. Two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, and Prof. Pius Adesanmi, were among the157 persons who died in the crash. Bashua was United Nations and African Union Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. Adesanmi, a writer, graduate of University of Ilorin as well as a literary critic and professor with Carlton University in Canada, was believed to be heading for the African Union Economic,…

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