Wednesday , 6 July 2022

Blast from the Past

The tragedy of Nigeria Airways’ Fokker 28 crash in Enugu

EGHOSA IDUFUEKO ON the morning of November 29, 1983, thirty-eight years ago, a 79-seater twin engine Fokker F28 Mk2000 jet belonging to Nigeria Airways approached Enugu Airport and on that faithful day the Instrument Landing System (ILS) wasn’t working coupled with the fact that it was harmattan season with its dusty haze was reducing visibility. As the 3-man aircrew(Cockpit crew …

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Runway 18L/36R: Grueling 13 year pain without Air field lighting at MMA

THE serious incident involving Azman Air on February 16, 2021 when the airline’s aircraft a Boeing 737-500 with registration 5N-SYS named Sani Yunusa Sarina had a burst tyre on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Runway 18 R/36L causing the busiest runway in Nigeria to be temporarily closed has strengthened the call for the installation of Air Field Lighting (AFL) at …

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Aviation Minister presents ICAO Award, briefs President Buhari

MINISTER of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has presented to President Muhammed Buhari the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council President Certificate awarded Nigeria for its progress in resolving aviation security and oversight deficiencies, and for its ongoing commitment to the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. The Minister gave briefings to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, as Nigeria …

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Sosoliso: a fatal painful crash with a combination of bad decisions

TO say the Sosoliso Airline crash is Nigeria’s saddest crash is not an understatement given the fact that it took with it no fewer than 50 children and some notable personalities plus all the melee that happened post crash when it was time to pay compensation to the victims’ family. Sosoliso crash was one of the reasons government scrutinized the aviation …

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Chanchangi Airlines: Grounded but still dreaming of the skies

ESTEEMED readers, I hope you have not forgotten Chanchangi Airlines so soon? An airline that controlled over 40 per cent of the domestic market even with Arik Air there until the once great airline grounded to a halt. The airline just couldn’t breathe anymore as it kept on giving until it couldn’t give anymore. Chanchangi was so known back then …

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Bellview Airlines: A tale of life, peak and plunge

WHEN the name Bellview Airlines is mentioned, people will remember it as one of the airlines that came up when the country needed more airlines to handle the teeming passengers in the country. Owned by Kayode Odukoya, Bellview was at a point also the toast of the Nigerian Skies and was the biggest wig on the West-Coast route as the airline …

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ADC Airlines: Extinct due to a series of unfortunate events

MANY people would remember ADC Airlines but once it is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the series of unfortunate incidents and accidents that trailed its wake and became an integral reason for the airline’s exit from the Nigerian airspace. Apart from older aviation stakeholders and enthusiasts, a lot of people find it hard to believe there …

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What connects EAS, Nicon, Virgin Nigeria, NigerianEagle and Air Nigeria?

Executive Airline Services (EAS) Airline, Nicon Airways, Virgin Nigeria Airways, Nigerian Eagle Airlines and Air Nigeria are all different business entities but there is a common factor all these dead airlines share and that is the fact that eventually all of them were ended in whatever metamorphosed entity by Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim. One man, five airlines…incredible it would seem but …

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