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Monday, 10 March 2014


 President Goodluck Jonathan and some top government officials on Saturday escaped an air mishap at the Minna Airport, Niger State, when a presidential jet developed a technical fault, while they were aboard.
The presidential jet, Nigerian Air Force 001 (5N-FGT), had earlier conveyed Jonathan to Minna for the -Peoples Democratic Party’s North-Central rally which held at the Trade Fair Centre, Minna.
At the end of the rally, the President returned to the airport in company with top government officials, PDP state governors and party chiefs for a trip to Sokoto, from where he was scheduled to return to Abuja.
However, several minutes after Jonathan had bade farewell to those who accompanied him to the airport, and the door of the aircraft was shut, the aircraft failed to move.
After many attempts, crew members and engineers disembarked from the aircraft and made spirited efforts to fix the fault as armed security men took strategic positions around it.
While this was going on, Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, David Mark; all PDP governors, members of the National Assembly and members of the Federal Executive Council were watching under the scorching sun.
When it became obvious that the fault could not be easily fixed, the commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Uko Ebong, ordered that a smaller presidential jet, 5N-FGW, which conveyed the Vice-President to the state be brought to fly Jonathan.
Jonathan disembarked from the faulty jet at about 3.30pm and quickly moved to the smaller aircraft.
He later left the airport in the smaller aircraft at about 3:35pm, leaving behind some of his co-occupants in the bigger jet.
Sambo also had to join Mark in another smaller presidential jet, 5N-FGV, which had earlier conveyed the Senate President to the state. Senator Barnabas Gemade and a few other dignitaries also joined them.
Those who were with the President in the faulty aircraft before they disembarked included the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu; Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih; former chairman of the party, Ahmadu Ali; former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, and some presidential aides.
At the time of filing this report, engineers were still battling with the faulty jet on the tarmac in the deserted airport
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  • Bussy Duro and 2 others like this.
  • Endy Edeson Some security men were left behind to keep watch on the aircraft.
    When asked for what was wrong with the aeroplane, an official of FAAN simply said, “The return engine refused to pick.”
    Another source who pleaded anonymity, said the hot temperature in the city led to the fault.
    “What the commander said was that the high temperature affected the engine of the aircraft,” he said.
    When asked why the hot weather did not affect the two other presidential jets, the source explained that the Air Force 001 is “more digitalised than others.”
    The incident occurred despite the fact that in the past four years, at least N48bn has been allocated to the Presidential Air Fleet, a range of 11 luxurious aircraft which are at the disposal of the President.
    According to the 2014 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in December 2013, a total of N4.91bn was earmarked for the Presidential Air Fleet.
  • Remi Sopitan Useless people.They wil just open their mouths and start sayin rubbish as if we dat are listening have no brain. We dont av leaders in dis counrty.we need a leader dat wil say d truth. Imagine,ow can sun or high temperature affect Presidential Jet.i dey laughhhhh
  • Bennard Ahupa They no fit try am
  • Ikechukwu Al Barney Imagine after looting our billions, they go and buy fifth hand jets, claiming its a new one but its obvious they just went to a scrap yard to collect nonsense... This is a warning from God, next time it may happen aboard on air..
  • Valentine Iorlaha Adura When we God hear or answer de cry of his ppl? God Nigerians r suffering, perform jst 1 miracle and we shall be saved...!
  • Mercy Dan God will continue to guide n guard u sir, whoever is praying for ur downfall shall fall for ur sake, amen!
  • Jude Okezue Who will give me sugar make I take drink gari I beg
  • King Chris Ateweh who wan die make him die,i no send anybody message
  • Nwigwe Chinweikpe All this irresponsible Nigerians sayin rubbish, talkin of looted money and prayin 4 mishap for our president and other goverment official, when they should b thankin and praisin GOD 4 saving the life of our president. They are there taikin nonsense
  • Omolayo Abiodun Lukas lord we Thank you for averting plane crash for our leaders
  • Adeyemi Love Micheal To my understanding of this post, no crash was averted. The plane has not even moved. It refuses to work. So if your car is faulty after a trip or before a trip, does that implies that a car crash has been averted? We make too much noise on unnecessary matters
  • Omolayo Abiodun Lukas In all situation give God glory. God's safety is not an unnecessary matter.
  • James Sinach Anuforo Their plans won't work, we give Glory to God and God alone.
  • Endy Edeson

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