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Arik Air resumes flights Monday

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The management of Arik Air has announced the resumption of flight operations in and out of Lagos from Monday October 24, following the easing of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Communications Manager of Arik Air, Mr Adebanji Ola.

The airline said that the flights across the country would operate as scheduled and passengers were advised to arrive at the airport early to have ample time to complete boarding formalities.

It stated, “Customers who could not use their tickets during the period of the curfew can modify such tickets at no extra cost.”

It said that the management of Arik Air thanked customers for their understanding while the cancellation of flights lasted.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the airline had on October 20 announced the cancellation of all flights across the country after the Lagos State Government imposed a 24-hours curfew on the state.

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Domestic flight cancellations imminent over Jet-A1 scarcity – AON

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The Airline Operators of Nigeria says disruption in flight operations is imminent as the scarcity of aviation fuel popularly known as Jet-Al worsens.

The alert is contained in a statement by spokesperson for the association, Obiora Okonkwo, on Monday.

It said the fuel scarcity was affecting smooth operations of air transport operations, adding that it would lead to flight rescheduling and cancellations.

It stated, “The Airline Operators of Nigeria wishes to alert the public of impending disruptions to scheduled flight operations of members of the association. This development is being forced on members by the growing scarcity of aviation fuel popular as Jet-Al.

“The scarcity is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and would lead to flight rescheduling, and, or, cancellations.”

Okomkwo however said the association and its members were working tirelessly in alliance with product marketers, government and relevant stakeholders, to ensure availability and proper pricing of aviation fuel in the country.

He added, “While pleading the understanding of the flying public in the face of this reality, we also promise to do all that is necessary, and within our powers, to restore normal flight schedules as soon as possible.”

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Nigerian female pilot, 11 others die in Cameroon plane crash

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A Nigerian female pilot, Adzuayi Ewuga, and 11 passengers have died in a plane crash in Central Cameroon.

The late pilot was the second daughter of Senator Solomon Ewuga, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Nasarawa State and former Minister of State for the FCT.

The pilot reportedly died with 11 others on board a mini-aircraft belonging to Caverton Aviation Cameroon, when air traffic services lost radio contact, causing the plane to crash.

Local Cameroon media reports that the aircraft was flying from Yaounde Nsimalen Airport to Belabo, in the east of the country when it crashed, killing all passengers onboard.

Caverton Aviation Cameroon is a subsidiary of Caverton Offshore Support Group based in Lagos, Nigeria, which also controls Caverton Helicopters.

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Passenger with no flying experience lands airplane after pilot falls sick

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A passenger with no flying experience safely landed a private plane in a Florida airport Tuesday afternoon, May 10, when the pilot became incapacitated.

As the situation unfolded, the passenger could be heard telling air traffic control that he did not know how to fly the plane, according to LiveATC.net audio obtained.

“I’ve got a serious situation here,” the unidentified passenger said in the audio. “My pilot has gone incoherent, and I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”

Then an air traffic controller began providing the passenger with instructions on landing the plane, according to the audio, which eventually touched down in Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.

“Try to hold the wings level and see if you can start descending for me. Push forward on the controls and descend at a very slow rate,” the air traffic controller can be heard telling the man.

“Try to follow the coast either north or south-bound. We’re trying to locate you.”

In additional audio captured by LiveATC.net, another air traffic controller could be heard telling other planes what had unfolded.

“You just witnessed a couple of passengers land that plane,” the tower operator told an American Airlines pilot waiting to take off for Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Did you say the passengers landed the airplane?” the American Airlines pilot asked. “Oh, my God. Great job,” he said.

Two people were aboard the single-engine Cessna 208 when the pilot had a “possible medical issue,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The condition of the pilot was not immediately known.

The FAA says it is investigating the incident.

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