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Senate expresses concern over VIP’s abuse of airports

 By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA— THE  Senate has expressed dissatisfaction over the abuse of Temporary Flight Restriction orders at Nigerian airports which it said is capable of causing serious air mishap.

The Senate in a motion yet to be debated on the floor, which was sponsored by Senator Osita Izunaso and 29 others condemned the use of temporary flight restriction order to stop passenger planes from landing due to movement of VIPs at the airports.

The Senators reacting to the incident that occurred on 23 June, 2010 in which a Boeing 737 700 series passenger plane belonging to Arik Air and six other planes from Lagos were denied landing for a very long time due to movement of VIPs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, said such practice must be curtailed to avert future air disaster.

Senator Izunaso in the motion said the planes were not given any advance notice of VIP movement in Abuja before take off as is the procedure in other parts of the world.

He said, “on that day, the Arik Boeing was turned back into the sky after the pilot has pulled out its tyres to land. Shortly after the pilot made back into the air, he was given clearance to land; for the second and third time, the pilot was ordered back to the sky after he pulled out tyres to touch down.


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