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  • SA opposition criticizes security breach at Cape Town Airport
    27 august 2012 10:17:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Monday urged the Department of Transport to address the major security breach at Cape Town International Airport that led to the death of a stowaway last week. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline, Bombardier to strengthen business relationship
    24 august 2012 12:44:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian private airline, Arik Air Limited, and Bombardier Aerospace of Canada are to hold a meeting, seeking to strengthen the existing business relationship between the two organizations. Full text...

  • Nigeria's domestic airlines ''to raise fares by 30%''
    20 august 2012 11:45:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Domestic airline operators in Nigeria are to raise their fares by 30% following an increase in the cost of leasing aircraft as well as higher insurance premiums, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Minister, 31 others died in plane crash in South-west Sudan (Corrected)
    19 august 2012 17:23:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thirty two people, including a federal minister, died in a plane crash in South-west Sudan Sunday, the Presidency said. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways retrenches staff
    03 august 2012 17:47:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's national carrier, the Kenya Airways (KQ), Friday embarked on a retrenchment exercise which will affect both junior and management staff. Full text...

  • Dutch airline, KLM, resumes flight to Zimbabwe
    25 july 2012 18:24:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Dutch airline, KLM, announced Wednesday it would resume flights to Zimbabwe in October, a route it abandoned in 1999 after business nosedived. Full text...

  • Pegging age-limit of planes at 15 ''will ground 4 Nigerian airlines''
    23 july 2012 11:06:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least four Nigerian airlines will be grounded while many others will be severely affected if the federal government implements its plan to lower the age-limit of commercial aircraft allowed to operate in the country from 22 to 15 years, the local Punch newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria considers 15-year age limit for passenger aircraft
    20 july 2012 14:40:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is considering imposing a 15-year age limit on passenger planes operating in the country and the provision of low-interest loans to domestic airlines, as part of efforts to ensure the safety of air travel in Africa's most populous nation with a history of deadly Full text...

  • Ghana Air Force jet loses fuel tanks in flight but lands safely
    17 july 2012 15:03:09
    Accra , Ghana (PANA) - A Ghana Air Force (GAF) jet on Tuesday lost two fuel tanks over the capital, Accra, while on a routine training flight, but the pilot landed the plane safely at the Air Force base in the city, the Ghana Armed Forces said.Full text...

  • 2 killed in military helicopter crash in Congo
    17 july 2012 12:29:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A military helicopter crashed Monday night in Mbouambé, over 200 km north of the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, killing the two Ukrainian crew members, the police said. Full text...

  • Airline explains cause of incident involving two planes at Nigeria airport
    16 july 2012 10:29:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air, has blamed ''incorrect apron markings'' for the weekend incident at the Jos Airport in northern Nigeria, in which one of its planes 'brushed' a packed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) C-130 transport plane, causing substantial damage to both planes Full text...

  • Commercial jetliner rams Nigerian Air Force plane in tarmac accident
    15 july 2012 10:15:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A commercial jetliner preparing to take off from the Jos Airport in northern Nigeria rammed into a packed military plane Saturday, causing substantial damage to the two planes even as no one was injured, the local media reported Sunday, quoting a statement from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Full text...

  • Nigeria to host international conference on aviation safety
    13 july 2012 09:51:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will host an international conference on aviation safety in Africa 16-20 July in the capital city of Abuja, according to a statement from the office of Aviation Minister Stella Oduah. Full text...

  • Nigeria plane crash 'caused by dual engine failire'
    13 july 2012 09:38:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 3 June crash of a Nigerian airliner that killed 159 people was due to ''a total loss of power in both engines while on approach to Muhammed Murtala Airport (LOS), Lagos,'' according to the preliminary report of the accident, released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Full text...

  • Air CEMAC picks Air France as new strategic partner
    10 july 2012 13:11:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Economic and Monetary Community of African States (CEMAC) has chosen Air France as the new strategic partner for the regional grouping’s airline, Air CEMAC, according to a statement from the Congolese Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Full text...

  • Regulators enforce passenger identification at Nigeria's airports
    09 july 2012 09:29:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulation requiring proper identification of passengers prior to flight boarding at Nigeria's airports is to be strictly enforced, following a directive to that effect by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Report: “Unstable approach” caused Allied Air cargo plane crash
    06 july 2012 10:52:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A preliminary report on the crash of Nigerian-registered Allied Air cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on 2 June suggests that “unstable approach” led to the plane overshooting the runway. Full text...

  • Nigeria regulator warns pilots, airline operators on weather hazard
    05 july 2012 10:15:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an advisory circular to pilots and airline operators in the country over the dangers posed by adverse weather in the nation's airspace, occasioned by the current rainy season. Full text...

  • ICAO, IATA to assist Nigeria in ensuring aviation safety
    02 july 2012 11:42:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the wake of the 3 June plane crash that killed 159 people in Nigeria, two global aviation bodies have pledged to assist the country in its efforts to ensure the safety of air travel. Full text...

  • Emirates introduces daily flights to Harare, Lusaka
    27 june 2012 09:14:28
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emirates airlines said Wednesday it would introduce daily flights to Zimbabwe and Zambia in October in response to rising demand on the route. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria defends safety record
    26 june 2012 11:41:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest private carrier Air Nigeria has defended its safety record, after the airline was slammed with the second suspension in as many weeks over safety concerns by the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Troubled Nigerian airline says London route not affected by latest suspension
    22 june 2012 11:55:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned flag carrier Air Nigeria said on Friday the latest suspension of its operations by the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) does not affect its flights on the Lagos-London route. Full text...

  • EU offers technical support for South Sudan air transport
    21 june 2012 21:37:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to send a technical mission to South Sudan to work on tightening security at the airport of Juba, the country’s capital. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria’s flight operations suspended again by NCAA
    21 june 2012 20:00:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - For the second time in as many weeks, the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Thursday suspended the operations of the country's second largest airline, Air Nigeria, the airline announced. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe gets three-month ultimatum to improve air safety
    21 june 2012 18:26:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Troubled Air Zimbabwe has been given 90 days to comply with international air safety standards or risk losing its membership of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the organisation said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Air Nigeria sued for alleged tax fraud, non-payment
    21 june 2012 12:18:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has filed charges of tax evasion and fraud against the country's second largest indigenous carrier Air Nigeria, in the latest crisis to hit the airline. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria condemns 'invasion' of offices over back taxes
    19 june 2012 10:31:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned 'Air Nigeria' airline Tuesday condemned what it called the invasion of its offices by armed police on the orders of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), over past taxes allegedly owed by the airline. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria 'first African carrier to offer iPAD 3' for in-flight entertainment
    19 june 2012 09:02:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's private sector flag carrier Air Nigeria will become the first African airline to offer iPAD 3 for passengers' in-flight entertainment, after signing a deal with IFE Services, the entertainment company announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Contaminated fuel fingered in Nigeria plane crash
    18 june 2012 11:31:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Contaminated aviation fuel is one of the possibilities being looked into in the crash of Nigerian DANA Air's McDonnell Douglas 83 plane that left a total of 159 people dead on 3 June on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, a top aviation source told PANA here. Full text...

  • Air France, SN Air Mali sign agreement to share codes
    14 june 2012 22:10:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Air France and Mali's national carrier, SN Air Mali, have signed an agreement to share codes between Paris and Bamako. Full text...

  • 'Air Nigeria' cleared to fly after safety checks
    14 june 2012 09:12:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned airline 'Air Nigeria', which was grounded for safety checks by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday, has been cleared to fly again, NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye said Thursday. Full text...

  • Regulators ground Air Nigeria for audit
    13 june 2012 09:41:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The entire fleet of Air Nigeria, one of the country's thriving indigenous airlines, has been grounded to allow the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to audit the Nigeria flag carrier, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bombardier Aerospace to build plant in Morocco
    12 june 2012 21:00:56
    Rabat Morocco, (PANA) - Canadian aircraft manufacturing company, Bombardier Aerospace, has applied to the Moroccan authorities to build a plant in the free zone enclave in Casablanca. Full text...

  • Kenya appoints probe team after chopper crash
    11 june 2012 19:20:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Transport Ministry said Monday a panel has been set up to investigate the death of Interior Minister George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojode, and four Police officers in a helicopter crash near the capital, Nairobi, on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline operators slam govt for suspending crash airline's license
    07 june 2012 08:07:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) has slammed the federal government for suspending the operations of one of its members, DANA Air, following Sunday's crash of its MD-83 plane that killed all 153 on board and six others on the ground. Full text...

  • Recovery process ends at Nigeria plane crash site
    06 june 2012 11:10:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Rescue workers have ended the recovery process at the scene of Sunday's crash of a Nigerian passenger plane at Iju, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, after recovering 153 bodies and several human body parts at the end of work Tuesday. Full text...

  • Flights resume at Tripoli airport
    05 june 2012 21:18:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Flights resumed on Tuesday evening at Tripoli airport after govermment forces regained control from an armed group that attacked it and suspended operations on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends airline's operating license after crash
    05 june 2012 16:22:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities have suspended the operating license of Dana Airlines, following Sunday's crash of one of its planes that left all 153 people on board dead and killed six more on the ground, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plane crash killed 6 on the ground - official
    05 june 2012 12:54:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six people died in the main building into which the Nigerian passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos on Sunday, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Services (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Osanyintolu, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rescue work resumes at Nigeria plane crash site for 3rd day running
    05 june 2012 10:17:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The grim work of recovering the bodies of those who died in Sunday's plane crash in Nigeria continued Tuesday, as rescue workers converged on the scene at Iju, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, for the third day running. Full text...

  • Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority official, operators of accident plane arrive in Ghana
    04 june 2012 21:59:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it is willing to help with investigations into the crash of a Nigerian cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday night. Full text...

  • 139 bodies recovered from Nigerian plane crash site
    04 june 2012 20:05:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 139 bodies have been recovered from the site of the crashed Nigerian passenger plane on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos as at Monday, the second day of rescue operations at the site, according to the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Dr. Alexandra Bankole Full text...

  • 'Black Box' of crashed Nigerian plane found
    04 june 2012 15:08:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 'Black Box' of the Nigerian passenger jet that crashed on Sunday on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, killing over 150 people, has been found, rescue officials said Monday. Full text...

  • 'Crashed DANA Airlines plane not fit to fly'
    04 june 2012 14:47:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A staff of Nigeria's local DANA Airlines has said the airlines' MD 83 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Lagos on Sunday, killing over 150 people, was pressed into operation by the airlines' management even though it was not in good shape. Full text...

  • Nigerian group seeks probe of alleged corruption in transport sector following plane crash
    04 june 2012 14:06:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian civil society group Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to the anti-graft Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) urging it to probe alleged corruption in the country's transport sector, following Sunday's plane crash that killed over 150 people. Full text...

  • Crashed plane manifest shows 146 passengers on board
    04 june 2012 09:02:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The official manifest of the McDonnel Douglas MD-83 plane that crashed in Nigeria on Sunday has shown that there were 146 passengers on board, seven less than the number given by aviation officials. Full text...

  • Aviation Minister says no survivor in Nigeria plane crash (2nd update)
    03 june 2012 22:19:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Aviation Minister Stella Oduah has said there are no survivors so far from the passenger plane that crashed on the outskirts of the country's commercial city of Lagos on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria declares 3 days of national mourning for plane crash victims
    03 june 2012 20:14:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the DANA Air plane that crashed Sunday on the outskirts of Lagos, the nation's economic capital city. Full text...

  • 153 feared dead in Nigeria plane crash (1st update)
    03 june 2012 17:22:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All the 153 passengers and crew aboard a passenger jet operated by Nigeria's local DANA Air are feared to have died when the plane crashed into residential buildings at Iju, on the outskirts of the economic capital city of Lagos, on Sunday, the local African Independent Television (AIT) reported. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Passenger plane feared to have crashed in Lagos
    03 june 2012 17:01:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A passenger plane operated by local airline DANA Air, on a scheduled flight from Nigeria's capital city of Abuja to the economic capital city of Lagos, is feared to have crashed in Iju, on the outskirts of Lagos, on Sunday, aviation sources and eyewitnesses said. Full text...

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