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Missing Indonesia Plane Suspected To Have Crashed With 62 Passengers, Crew On Board

Missing Indonesia Plane Suspected To Have Crashed With 62 Passengers, Crew On Board

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An Indonesian budget airline plane with 62 people on board is suspected to have crashed into the sea shortly after the Boeing 737 took off from Jakarta airport on Saturday, authorities said. Flight tracking data showed the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Sixty-two passengers and crew were on board, including 10 children, the nation’s transport minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, told reporters. The suspected crash site is near tourist islands just off the coast of Indonesia’s sprawling capital. Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was bound for Pontianak on Indonesia’s section of Borneo island, about 90 minutes flying time over the Java Sea. Distraught relatives waited nervously for news at the...
45 Migrants Rescued After Improvised Boat Found Itself ‘In Trouble’

45 Migrants Rescued After Improvised Boat Found Itself ‘In Trouble’

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Forty-five migrants “including a pregnant woman and children” were rescued on Saturday in the English Channel after their improvised boat found itself “in trouble” off Dunkirk, French authorities said. Several of the people “appeared to be in a state of hypothermia” after being brought aboard a patrol ship, the French prefecture in charge of the Channel and North-Sea said in a statement. First responders and border police took charge of the migrants, who were “all safe and sound” when they were put ashore in Calais in the early evening, it added. Calm weather this weekend prompted fears among French sea rescuers that larger numbers than usual would attempt the crossing to Britain, a source close to emergency services told AFP. With busy traffic and powerful winds and curre...
International Flights: FG Lifts Ban On Lufthansa, Air France And KLM

International Flights: FG Lifts Ban On Lufthansa, Air France And KLM

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Adamu Bello The Lufthansa, Air France/KLM have been given the approval by the Federal Government to resume operations into Nigeria. This was announced by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a tweet on Tuesday. The Minister in the tweet also hinted at the possible reopening of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Enugu Airport before the end of the year. He added that Qatar Airways has been granted approval to resume flights to Abuja. “We are working with Ministry of Health, CACOVID & The PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM have been given go-ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience,”...
Breaking: 32 Nigerians deported from Germany 

Breaking: 32 Nigerians deported from Germany 

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Tunde Bakare Thirty two Nigerians were on Friday repatriated from Germany for immigration and related offences. The returnees all – males arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos from Dusseldorf Airport aboard a chartered aircraft belonging to Envelope Airline. An immigration source who disclosed the information said the aircraft that flew the returnees touched down about 2.30 pm. Immigration sources said the repatriation was facilitated by the German Embassy
At Least 74 Migrants Dead In Shipwreck Off Libyan Coast

At Least 74 Migrants Dead In Shipwreck Off Libyan Coast

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At least 74 migrants died in a shipwreck on Thursday off the Libyan coast, the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration said. “The boat was reported to be carrying over 120 people, among them women and children. Forty-seven survivors have been brought to shore by the coast guard and fishermen and 31 bodies have been retrieved while the search for victims continues,” the IOM said in a statement.
Emirates Airlines Records First Loss In Three Decades

Emirates Airlines Records First Loss In Three Decades

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Dubai-based Emirates airline on Thursday posted its first loss in more than three decades, saying it had been badly hit by the coronavirus lockdown that brought air transport to “a literal standstill”.  The Middle East’s largest carrier said it suffered a $3.4 billion loss in the six months to September, forcing it to slash its workforce. “In this unprecedented situation for the aviation and travel industry, the Emirates Group recorded a half-year loss for the first time in over 30 years,” the airline’s chairman and chief executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a statement. “No one can predict the future, but we expect a steep recovery in travel demand once a Covid-19 vaccine is available, and we are readying ourselves to serve that rebound.” Th...
Senate Questions Lai Mohammed Over N250m Project, N19m Travel Expenses

Senate Questions Lai Mohammed Over N250m Project, N19m Travel Expenses

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By Adamu Bello The Senate Committee on Information has queried the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, over the nature of a project listed as “Completion of NTA Gashua Sub-Station Ongoing”. According to the lawmakers, the sum of N250 million allocated for the said project has been released to the ministry. This occurred on Tuesday when Mohammed led some top officials of the ministry to defend their 2021 budget estimates before the lawmakers at the National Assembly in Abuja. At the defence session, members of the committee queried the minister why the project has not been executed to a reasonable level, despite the 100 per cent fund released for its execution in the 2020 fiscal year. Mohammed, in his response, claimed that the project was sponsored by ...
George Weah Inaugurates New National Carrier For Liberia

George Weah Inaugurates New National Carrier For Liberia

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Liberian President George Weah on Friday inaugurated a new national carrier for the West African country, named Lone Star Air, about 30 years after the country’s previous airline went bust. Speaking at a ceremony at Liberia’s international airport, near the capital Monrovia, Weah said the new airline would “connect our country to our region and to the world”.“It is my dream, my hope and my ambition that we will very soon see Lone Star Air, the wings of Liberia, flying our flag in international skies, shining so brightly,” said the footballer-turned-president.Liberia’s flag bears resemblance to the flag of the United States, but features one star instead of 50.The country was founded in the 19th century with US support as a home for freed American slaves, whose descendants have a ...
Nigeria Barred From 2022 US Visa Lottery

Nigeria Barred From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Tunde AfolabiNigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Tai...
Air Peace Takes Delivery of Another ERJ-145 Aircraft

Air Peace Takes Delivery of Another ERJ-145 Aircraft

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Elthel OnyenemezuNigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace, has taken delivery of another ERJ-145 aircraft to help boost its domestic and regional operations.The airline, which has completed preparation to receive its two brand new aircraft E195-E2 from Brazil based Embraer, said that the latest ERJ-145 would bring the number to eight the 50-passenger seater aircraft in its fleet.The aircraft, with registration number 5N-BXF, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport late Saturday night.Disclosing this to newsmen, Spokesperson of the airline, Stanley Olisa, said the new arrival is a 50-seater aircraft, which would add to the service of the airline, as passenger traffic continues to grow after the COVID-19 lockdown.“We are very glad to announce the arrival of our eighth Embraer 145...