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A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna according to Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

Sirika Sunday wrote, “It appears to be fatal”.

The Minister however urged Nigerians to be calm.

“We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.” He continued.

More details to follow, in the meantime, NewsWireNGR recalls that the two chambers of the National Assembly, had decried the state of the aviation sector, warning that disaster looms without adequate funding.

Specifically, the legislators said at least the sum of N50 billion was needed to meet the requirements of airline operators. Addressing journalists yesterday on the outcome of the public hearing held between November 2 and November 4, 2020 in the course of passing six Executive Bills, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kogi West, warned that there was danger in flying in Nigeria today

The Senate said it discovered during the three days public hearing on the bills that part of the challenges confronting the Aviation sector was the fact that the Customs has not complied with the executive order to waive any form of taxation on importation of spare parts on commercial aircraft.

He also said it was discovered that multiple forms of taxation still persist, as well as non-compliance with the executive order on removal of Value Added Tax, VAT, from air transport, and inability of airline operators to have access to single digit lending, as obtainable in other parts of the world.

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