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FG suspends British aircraft operator for operating commercial flights into Nigeria

The Federal Government has suspended a British aircraft company for operating commercial flights into Nigeria without approval.

This was made public by the the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Sunday via his Twitter handle.

Though the company, Flair Aviation, has licence to conduct humanitarian flights it was however, caught operating commercial flights.

Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a “maximum penalty” would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Following the announced lock-down, commercial flight operations, both local and international, had been suspended with immediate effect but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, among others, which are subject to the authorization of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and agencies under it.

On May 6, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced that the closure of the country’s airports and airspace were further extended by four weeks after due consultations with experts.

157 Feared Dead As Ethiopian Airlines Flight From Addis To Nairobi Crashes.

A statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, confirmed the crash, saying: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, has crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard. 

A statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, confirmed the crash, saying: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, identifying the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX.

The airline confirmed that 149 passengers and eight crew members were aboard, as the plane took off from Addis Ababa at 8:38am local time (05:38 GMT), but crashed six minutes later.

“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement. Source: citizentv.co.ke