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AIB releases preliminary report on cause of Lagos helicopter crash

A preliminary report of the helicopter crash which happened last month in Lagos has been released.

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A preliminary report on the crash of a Bell 206B Helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation Limited into residential buildings in Opebi area of Lagos on August 28, 2020, has been released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

The report which revealed that the chopper was topped to full tank capacity on August 27, 2020 but failed to make it to the Lagos Airport a minute before the estimated time, also indicated that the pilot’s last medical examination was valid till August 6, 2020.

According to The Nation, the preliminary report revealed that there there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter (AOL) DG02020 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The AIB report disclosed that the helicopter had no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash, leading to speculation of the crash occurring due to inadequate fuel that could not get it to the Lagos Airport.

The report also indicated that the pilot’s last proficiency check was valid till August 24, 2020. There was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the AIL DG018/ 20 had been submitted to the NCAA.

The report read;

“The helicopter crashed into the roof of a building and a wall fence impacting two vehicles parked in the compound. The mast and main rotor blades were found intact during the post-crash inspection. Post occurrence examination revealed that the fuel tanks were empty.

“The helicopter was not equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. Neither was required by the relevant aviation regulations but equipped with a Garmic GNC Global Positioning System.”

According to the AIB, the helicopter took off from Port Harcourt at 9.20am and was estimated to land in Lagos after two hours forty minutes. It crashed into a residential building in Ikeja at 12:14pm.

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UK announces closure of visa application centres in Nigeria

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The UK government has announced the closure of its visa application centres in Nigeria following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protest.

In a statement released on Wednesday October 21, it was gathered that the centres will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours. Applicants with booked appointments have been asked to reschedule their appointment till next week.

The statement read;

 ‘Important: Closure of our Visa application centre’ on its website said the centres will be closed for 48 hours “at a minimum”.

“Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centres will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum.

“For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020.

“We will continue to post regular updates on this page, so please keep checking back for the latest information on reopening. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

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Anambra international airport to be commissioned in April next year – Governor Obiano

The Governor revealed that the airport has the second-longest runway in the country, after the MMA in Lagos.

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The Anambra Worldwide Cargo Airport, which is positioned at Umueri in Anambra State, is anticipated to be prepared for commissioning in April 2021.

This was disclosed by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, throughout a go to to the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in his workplace in Abuja.

He informed the minister that the state can be honoured to have him carry out the duty of commissioning the challenge.

Governor Obiano mentioned, “We’re positive of the date as a result of we have now the cash to finish it. We aren’t asking for any help, nor are we taking any loans. I’m right here personally to temporary you on the challenge and to ask you to fee it for us in April 2021.”

Obiano informed the minister that the choice to embark on the airport challenge was knowledgeable by the necessity to cater to the financial pursuits of the state and its environs. He revealed that the airport has the second-longest runway within the nation, after the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

He mentioned, “The airport is just some kilometres from Onitsha city, the financial nerve centre of the south-east area. It’s strategically positioned and is a worthwhile funding.”

In line with the governor, the development of the airport has been guided by suggestions and tips of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to satisfy the most effective worldwide requirements.

On his half, Hadi Sirika, recommended the Anambra State Authorities for embarking on a cargo airport challenge, as it might have a constructive influence on the financial improvement of the state and the South East area as an entire.

The minister mentioned that the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its companies would at all times give the mandatory information and cooperation to states embarking on such tasks to be able to make sure that all internationally set requirements have been met.

In line with Sirika, airports might be viable if they’re constructed with particular targets in thoughts. The minister mentioned he believed that the Anambra airport would achieve success in serving the pursuits of the buying and selling inhabitants of the state and environs.

He additionally suggested the governor to maintain the continuing collaboration with the regulatory authorities to make sure that all rules and tips for the development and operation of airports have been met.

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Travellers to United Arab Emirates must have return ticket, negative COVID-19 test results- FG

UAE-bound passengers should comply to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the country concerned.

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The Federal Government has announced that travellers to the United Arab Emirates must possess confirmed return tickets, test negative to COVID-19, and have valid health insurance covering the duration of stay.

This was disclosed by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede in a statement issued on Tuesday, according to Punch.

Going forward, the Polymerase Chain Reaction test is expected to be taken within 96 hours before departure.

In the statement, the CGI explained that a visitor must also have confirmed hotel reservation for the duration of stay in UAE or the address of residence of relatives hosting him.

It stated, “The service wishes to communicate new visa regulations introduced by the UAE’s authority in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE bound passengers are expected to be in possession of the following: Confirmed return ticket; confirmed hotel reservation for the duration of stay in UAE or address of residence in the UAE or address of relatives of the visitor playing host while in the UAE; a negative PCR test taken within 96 hrs before departure; valid health insurance, copies of trade licenses in the UAE and Nigeria, if applicable.”

The Nigeria Immigration Service also advised all UAE-bound passengers to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the country concerned due to non-compliance.

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