Tuesday, 5 June 2012

First Lady's Presidential Jet Prevented the Dana Plane From Landing?

Rumour has it that the Dana plane was distressed for a while and couldn't make an emergency landing because the airspace was closed for two hours for the presidential Jet carrying the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The story is said to have been leaked by private jet owners who had to hover in the air at that same time.

It is also apparently the reason that our local news stations didn't report the crash for a while until foreign news stations started reporting it as the local news stations were 'blacked out' trying to kill the story of the airspace being closed.
However, the Special Assistant Media to the Hon. Minister of Aviation, Joe Obi, released a statement which stated that the rumour was false. Part of the statement reads,

“The Federal Ministry of Aviation will like to clarify that nothing could be farther from the truth.  For the records, we wish to state that the First Lady arrived in Lagos at about 4.45p.m. on Saturday, 2nd June, 2012 and only departed for Abuja on Monday, the 4th of June, 2012 at 1.30p.m., whereas the ill-fated Dana flight 0992 departed Abuja on Sunday, 3rd of June, 2012 at 2.54p.m. and its last contact with the Lagos Control Tower was at 3.42p.m. as has already been announced.
We wish to stress that the First Lady did not fly on Sunday, the 3rd of June, 2012 as is widely been speculated”.
Whether the rumour is actually true or not, we don't know. But if it actually is, then it's a big shame. A very big shame.

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