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FG acquires N1.7bn mobile towers for safe flights

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FG Acquires N1.7bn Mobile Towers For Safe Flight Operations

The Federal Government on Thursday commissioned two Mobile Control towers worth N1.7bn to boost flight safety.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, inaugurated the towers procured by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in Lagos, disclosing that they would be deployed in Lagos and Abuja airports.

A control tower is a building at an airport from which instructions are given to aircraft when they are taking off or landing.

According to the Minister, the towers can also be deployed for emergency services.

Speaking after commissioning the towers, the minister said it was geared towards deepening safe flight operations.

He said, “The intent and purpose of the Ministry and what we have been doing is to ensure safety and efficiency of our sector without degrading and de-emphasizing issues of security and comfort.

“So how very safe you depart point A and land Point B is our primary concern and primary importance. So this is an extension of that intent and purpose and so the amount of N1.7bn has been spent in procuring these mobile towers.

“We will use it in Lagos and Abuja and if need be we take them to locations where they do not have conventional control towers. They are so equipped, so modernised, so efficient and so very alive. It has everything that a control tower can have.

“We have real time weather, we have all of the approach and departure procedures and over-flight to ensure smooth flight operations and air traffic management.

“So, I am glad that NAMA has been proactive on this request and Mr. President has been generous enough to yet again allow us to do this procurement and spend this amount of money in the interest of safety.”

Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said the mobile towers would be useful during emergency operations.

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16 killed as Russian plane carrying parachute jumpers crashes

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About 16 people have been killed and seven injured after a plane crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region, the RIA news agency cited the emergency services as saying.

The plane was carrying a group of parachute jumpers, the emergencies ministry was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

Seven people were pulled out alive from the wreckage, it said.

The remaining 15 were “without signs of life”, a representative of the emergency services told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The plane was a Let L-410 Turbolet, which is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. The crash took place at about 9:23am (06:23 GMT).

Images published by the ministry showed the aircraft broken in half with a severely dented nose.

The local health ministry said that the seven survivors are in hospital, one is in “very serious condition”, RIA Novosti reported.

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving ageing planes in far-flung regions, are not uncommon.

Last month, an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east, killing six people.

All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in Kamchatka in July.

The country also frequently experiences non-fatal air incidents that result in rerouted flights and emergency landings, usually stemming from technical issues.

Flying in Russia can be particularly dangerous in the vast country’s isolated regions, such as the Arctic and the Far East, where weather conditions are frequently extreme.

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Reps on oversight function, others stranded for 12 hours at Kano airport

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Members of the House of Representatives’ committee on Petroleum Upstream on oversight function to Kano State were stranded for hours at the airport.

They had arrived at Kano airport by 12.30pm en route Abuja at 2pm on Wednesday only to be deserted by their airline.

The spokesman for the House, Benjamin Kalu, who was affected by the delay said after a long wait of about 12 hours, a promise from the Azman airline to lift them only came at 12.15am, Thursday, that’s Wednesday midnight.

He said, “Twelve hours wait for a one-hour flight between Kano and Abuja. All passengers including the House of Reps members are abandoned with no one addressing them or giving them or given a cup of water.

He said, “We got here 12.30pm and we are told we will be lifted 12.15am.

“The National Assembly members frown on how their citizens are treated in such delay.”

 

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United Airlines to begin US-Nigeria flights on Nov 29

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United Airlines says it will begin flight operations from the Virginia, United States, to Lagos, Nigeria on November 29.

The announcement came via the verified Twitter account of the US Mission in Nigeria on Saturday.

According to the tweet, the airline operation will commence on November 29.

It stated that the “nonstop flights” will fly from Dulles international airport, Virginia, to Lagos, adding that the “tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

“Awesome! A welcome addition to increasing the burgeoning connections between the US and Nigeria!” the tweet read.

“We are pleased to see that United Airlines will launch from Dulles International Airport to Lagos starting November 29. Tickets will be available for booking in a few days,” it stated.

The United Airlines stated that it would operate flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday every week.

The tweet stated that the flight — Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays — would be undertaken on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“Make room for one more, Dulles Airport! Our nonstop to Lagos, Nigeria, is now for sale,” it stated.

“The first flight takes off November 29, with service on a 787-8 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.”

 

 

 

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