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Crash landed Dana Air Flight was 27 years & 3 months old




Investigation has revealed that the Dana Air aircraft, which skidded off the runway earlier in the week was 27 years and 3 months as at the time of its crash.

The aircraft, an MD83 with the registration number 5N-SRI was manufactured in November 1990 and was among the oldest aircraft in the fleet of the airline.

The investigation indicated that the aircraft was previously used by Alaska Airlines in the United States under the registration number N947AS and was delivered to the airline on December 7, 1990.

However, the investigation further revealed that after 18 years of usage of the aircraft by Alaska Airlines, Dana Air acquired the aircraft from the American carrier on a permanent basis on August 4, 2008, when it commenced flight operations as an airline operator in Nigeria.

The aircraft would have clocked 10 years with Dana Air on August 4, 2008, if it had not crashlanded on Tuesday.

The youngest aircraft in the fleet of Dana Air is a 21 and half years aircraft, MD83 with the registration number: 5N-BKI, which was equally acquired from Afrijet, another Nigerian airline on October 5, 2014, with the same registration number.

History of the aircraft indicated that it was first delivered to U-Land Airline on September 25, 1996, by the manufacturer. The aircraft was however leased to Astro Air International in October 1997 under the registration number: B-88899.

After about nine months of usage, Astro Air International leased the aircraft to Air Philippines in July 1998, before Afrijet acquired it in January 2008.

Another old aircraft in the fleet of the airline is another MD 83 with the registration number: 5N-DEV. The aircraft is 26 and half years old.

Before Dana Air acquired the airplane on May 11, 2012, it was previously used by four airlines.

The first owner of the aircraft was Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) and it was delivered to it on September 19, 1991, with the registration number EI-CCE.

The airline leased the aircraft to Avianca on March 11, 1992, with the same registration number, but the airline on March 16, 2010, changed the registration number to HK-4587, after eight years of usage and total acquisition from the former owner.

However, the aircraft was sold to Jet Midwest Group of the United States on July 6, 2011, under the registration number N934JM until Dana Air acquired it from the American airline on May 11, 2012, and changed the registration number to 5N-DEV.

Dana Air is now left with just two aircraft in its fleet from the former six at its peak period as one of its aircraft crashed in a Lagos suburb in 2012 killing all passengers on board.



NCC Move Against Substandard Products



The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC yesterday renewed its resolve to eliminate substandard and counterfeit handsets and other telecommunication devices across the country.

The NCC’s Head of Zonal Operations Department, Helen Obi reiterated the commission’s resolve at the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop on the hazardous effect of non-type approved handsets and impact on quality of service held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital. Obi, who was represented by Principal Manager of the department, Olatubosun Olakisola stated that the workshop was organised to sensitize telecommunication consumers, particularly mobile phone users on the hazardous effects of non-type approved handsets and the negative impact on quality of service.

He said it was in response to public concern regarding the proliferation of non-type approved handsets and other terminal equipment in Nigeria market which has far reaching consequences on the health, economy and environment that the Commission found it imperative to educate the general public on the menace of using non-type approved and substandard equipment. As a responsible industry regulator, she said the commission was committed to ensure that the consumers were not shortchanged but enjoy their stake in the telecom industry. “As part of our enlightenment programme, we are here on a sensitization program to sensitize the public on the hazardous effects of non-type approved devices and its impacts.

“We have a data base where the public can assess all type-approved handsets. We are talking about quality of service. Some of these handsets have to work with the network. We are talking about safety, protection to the network, protection of general public from all these dangerous equipments.”


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World Book Day: Airtel donates books to Underprivileged Children



…holds book reading session across the country

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, will commemorate the 2018 World Book Day with public primary school pupils across different locations in the country with the donation of 5000 books and hosting of book-reading sessions.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, will flag-off the initiative on Monday, 23rd April, 2018, with an interactive session with primary four and five students of one of the company’s Adopted schools, Oremeji Primary School 2, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ajegunle, Lagos.

During the session, Ogunsanya will share stories to inspire the kids, hold a reading session that will have many of the kids as active participants and donate reading books to the children to instill and encourage a culture of reading.
Airtel says the book reading sessions and book donation exercises will also hold in different locations across the country.

The book reading and donation sessions will take place on Wednesday, April 25 in Kaduna; Friday, April 27 in Abuja; Tuesday, May 8, in Anambra and Thursday, May 10 in Kwara State.

Commenting on the World Book Day Initiative, Airtel’s Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Emeka Oparah, said the company is committed to supporting underprivileged children and creating platforms that will inspire young Nigerians to succeed.

“We believe in investing in young Nigerians as they are our future leaders. The World Book Day provides a fine opportunity for us to support underprivileged children and inspire them to read and do so much more. We are confident that with the right support young Nigerians will do well,” he said.

World Book Day is celebrated to provide the people with many ideas and plans to make them aware about the situation and condition in the World. WBD is celebrated to provide the people to gather knowledge about many types of Books which makes them to get the specific knowledge about their requirements.

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Arik Air Plane damages 24hrs after airlines moved to MMA2




An Arik Air plane has suffered a major damage barely 24 hours after the airline announced the relocation of its Lagos- Port Harcourt operations to the terminal two of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA2).

It was gathered that a ground handling equipment belonging to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) bumped into an Arik Air aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos on Sunday.

In the incident, the left side leading edge of horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 with the registration number 5N-MJJ was stepped on at the ramp of MMA2.

Arik Air in a statement by its spokesman, MR. Ola Adebanji said that the management had reported the incident to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Adebanji said this was in line with the standard operating procedure and the airline’s high safety standards.

He added: “Another aircraft was provided immediately for the Port-Harcourt bound passengers. The airline’s engineers later fixed the damaged aircraft which has since returned to service.”



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