No Fuel In Helicopter That Crashed, Killed 3 In Opebi Lagos – AIB Report

  A Preliminary report by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has revealed that there was no fuel left in the tanks of the Bell 206B 111 Helicopter, as at time of crash in Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos, on August 28. Initial findings released by the Bureau on Monday said that the helicopter, with registration number: 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation Limited, had 3:15 minutes endurance fuel, while the estimated flight time was 2:45hrs. According to the report, rather than the 2:45hrs of estimated flight time to Lagos from Port…

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NO-NO! Nigeria Insists on Air France, Lufthansa, RwandAir Flights’ ban Over COVID-19 Spike

Nigeria has resumed international  flights just as it reiterated the ban it slammed on Air France, KLM airline, and five other airlines from flying into the country. The reopening of International airspace on September 5 came five months after shutdown by the authorities due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Other airlines banned by the apex government when the international airspace resume were: Lufthansa airline, Etihad airline, Rwanda Air, Air Namibia, and Air Maroc. The decision came less than 48 hours to the reopening of Nigeria’s international airspace which was closed about five…

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How Helicopter Crashed into Lagos building, killed two, injured one + PHOTOS

More facts have Emerged on how an ill-fated helicopter crashed into a building in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, killing two people. The crash, which occured in Opebi, a residential area located less than ten kilometers from the local wing of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, also injured one person and damaged a Totota Camry car with registration number MUS 297 FT parked inside the compund. The Salvation Bus Stop where the unfortunate incident happend is, findings by Platforms Africa showed, less that four kilometers from Alausa Ikeja, seat of Lagos…

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Nigeria resumes International flights Saturday, August 29

The Nigerian Government has announced the resumption of international flights from Saturday, August 29, 2020. The country’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika  made the announcement on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Monday evening about five months after the airspace was closed. “Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from August 29, 2020. “Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption,” he tweeted. Sirika added that all protocols must be observed. “Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience,” he…

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Arotile’s Suspected Killers Plead not Guilty, Get N1m Bail

  Nehemiah Adejo and David Adejo, driver and owner of the vehicle, which killed Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, have been arraigned in Kaduna. They got N1 million bail after pleading not guilty to the four-count charges against them. Tolulope died in an auto crash at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Kaduna, in July. The accused were arraigned before a Kaduna State Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without driver’s…

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Tanzania bans Kenya Airways from flying into country as bickering worsens

Tanzania has slammed a ban on Kenya Airways from flying into the country as bickering between the two East African countries worsened. The Exclusion comes after Nairobi announced passengers from Tanzania would not be allowed to enter Kenya. The Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), which declared that Kenya Airways flights were being banned “on a reciprocal basis,” maintained that this came after the Kenyan government decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be allowed to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on Saturday following the…

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Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy, Bristow Helicopters sacks 100 pilots, engineers

    Barely 24 hours after Air Peace announced the sack of about 75 Pilots from its operations, Aviation giant, Virgin Atlantic Airways, has filed for bankruptcy while helicopters Service provider, Bristow Helicopters, also fired over 100 pilots and aeronautical engineers in its operations. In what is termed as a big trouble for aviation industry, Virgin Atlantic filed for the bankruptcy protection for its United States business, as it tries to nail down a £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) rescue plan announced last month. The Bristow Helicopters, on the other hand,…

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Why we fired 75 pilots – Nigeria’s airline operator Air Peace + FULL STATEMENT 

  One of Nigeria’s commercial airline operators, Air Peace, has reportedly sacked 75 pilots and hundreds of other supporting staff. The company, which confirmed the sack of the pilots in a statement obtained by Platforms Africa, however, said that it took the “very painful but rightful decision, in the circumstances the airline has found itself of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations  and financial health.” The pilots who were at different cadres were sent to the labour market over seeming irreconcilable differences between the managment and…

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Tears, Tributes as Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, buried + PHOTOS

  Amidst tears and tributes, the coprse of Tolulope Arotile, first ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria’s history, has been buried.   Tolulope, a graduate of Mathematics, became the first female to pilot a combat helicopter in Africa’s most populous country just at the age of 23 year-old. Her remains, Platforms Africa reports, were committed to mother earth at the Military Cemetery in Abuja, administrative capital of Nigeria, with full Military honours. The remains were lowered into the grave at exactly 11.05 am. The Nigerian Military led by the…

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Nigeria hints international flight operations may resume before October

  The Nigerian Government has announced that international flight operations might be resuming before October 2020. This is despite the country’s ban of flight operations from Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and others. The disclosure was made by the country’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a tweet post through his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. This is a clarification from the minister is coming after the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) had issued a routine 90-day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM). This forecloses the resumption of international…

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