NEMA Deploys Helicopter, Ambulances To Kaduna.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed a rescue helicopter, three Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and three Rapid Intervention Vehicles to Kaduna State.

This according to the agency is to join other stakeholders in providing support for emergency operations in the state, following the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for NEMA, Sani Datti, explained that the helicopter would be used for medical patrol, while the MICU ambulances with the Rapid Intervention Vehicles are stationed along Jere and Katari Towns, Kaduna-Abuja road and Kaduna International Airport.

“The MICU ambulances are used to administer first aid treatment and stabilisation for trauma victims on their way to the hospital, as it serves as a mobile hospital with the capacity to carry one critical and one less critical victim.

“The Rapid Intervention Vehicles are used for search and rescue, fight fire rapidly and extrication of victims trapped in accident vehicles or collapsed structures,” he said.

NEMA asked the public to contact it through its North West Zonal office at number 15 Wurno, Road Unguwan Sarki, Kaduna.

The agency said it can also be reached through its emergency call number: 0800CALLNEMA (080022556362) or the National Emergency Number 112, stressing that all calls are toll free.


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Ten Amnesty Beneficiaries for Helicopter Training

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is to deploy ten beneficiaries of the programme for helicopter training at the International Helicopter Flying School, Enugu.

Speaking while receiving a delegation of the International school in his office, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) and PAP Coordinator, said the training is part of the programme’s Sustainable Reintegration Agenda and building the manpower needs of not just the Niger Delta, but also the country.

He said the helicopter training, among other programmes by the Amnesty Office, is a clear indication by the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership that it is committed to developing the region.

He said they are also bold statements that this administration “is ready and determined to solve the Niger Delta crisis.”

Boroh said in the past, there were doubts that the Presidential Amnesty Programme could be trusted to fulfill its obligations and meet its commitments, but that despite the economic challenges of the country, the programme has won the trust of the people and beneficiaries.

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Ambode Set To Flag Off Medical Emergency, Rescue Operations With Helicopters

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded plans to commence medical emergency and rescue operations by deploying the three Rapid Response Squad (RRS) helicopters recently purchased by his administration, as a means to facilitate rescue operations as well as boost security surveillance across the metropolis.


On Wednesday, one of the choppers, with registration number 5N-RRS, carried out a test landing at the emergency unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, in preparedness to handle any emergency situation as well as show that accident victims and others in emergency situations can be flown to anywhere in the state to receive prompt medical attention.



This is coming as a prelude to plans by the Governor to roll out a Medical Emergency Response initiative using the helicopters. Aside aiding in security surveillance and traffic monitoring, the helicopters can be effectively deployed to promptly attend to medical emergencies from any part of the state.


It would be recalled that the RRS helicopters recently aided in locating and rescuing crew members and passengers of a helicopter with registration number N5BQJ belonging to Bristow Group, which crashed while heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt.


The helicopters have also been deployed to aid security surveillance and traffic monitoring in the state. Since its purchase in November last year, the state has not recorded any major case of robbery, especially in financial institutions, as it has the capacity to track down fleeing criminals on land and on sea.



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11 People Survive Helicopter Crash In Lagos

Eleven people have survived a helicopter crash that occurred around the Muritala Mohammed International  Airport, eyewitnesses have said.

The crash has also been confirmed by the Public Relations Officer, South-West National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye.

Farinloye also said emergency workers are already on the scene of the incidence.

An official of Lagos State Emagergency Management Authority said the helicopter was en-route Port Harcourt  from Lagos.

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Russia Suspends Military Cooperation With Turkey

Russia’s defence ministry has announced suspension of military cooperation with Turkey and Sergey Lavrov, foreign minister, has cancelled a planned trip to Turkey following the downing of a Russian warplane near the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday.


The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 warplane was shot down for violating Turkish airspace, angering Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who compared the incident to being “stabbed in the back”.

Russia also warned its citizens not to travel to Turkey, saying it was unsafe, and deployed a warship to the coastline near where the plane crashed.


The plane crashed in Syrian territory in Latakia’s Yamadi village.


Russia has confirmed one of the pilots has died.


A Russian helicopter was also shot at as it took part in the search for the two pilots near the Turkish-Syrian border, opposition groups in Syria said.


Turkey, Russia and their respective allies have entered a war of words after the incident, raising tensions in a region struggling to cope with the ongoing Syrian conflict.


Putin sharply criticised Turkey for establishing contact with NATO to discuss the incident, prior to contacting Russia.

“Today’s loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists. I cannot qualify what happened today as anything else,” Putin said in televised comments.

“Our plane was shot down over the territory of Syria by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet. It fell in Syrian territory four kilometres from the border with Turkey. Our pilots and our plane did not in any way threaten Turkey.

“Instead of immediately establishing contacts with us, as far as we know Turkey turned to its NATO partners to discuss this incident – as if we had hit their plane and not the other way around,” he said.


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Black Box Of Crashed Bristow Helicopter Still Missing- NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said it was still searching for the Black Box of the ill-fated chopper that plunged into the Lagos Lagoon on Wednesday.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said that the agency’s rescue team was still on the lookout for the black box of the ill-fated Bristow Helicopter.

NAN reports that the black box is a piece of equipment on an aircraft that records what happens on a flight and can be used to discover the cause of accidents.

He , however, confirmed that the agency had recovered the two remaining bodies of the victims, which brought the total number of the dead bodies recovered to six, with six survivors.

Farinloye who said that the bodies were recovered from the Lagoon at 10.55a.m., attributed it to the joint efforts of the agency’s rescue team and the canoe operators.

“We have to employ the services of local canoe operators who know the terrain.

“About 40 canoe operators were deployed to the scene of the incident and we succeeded in recovering the two remaining bodies at about 10:55 a.m,” he said.

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Helicopter Crashes in Lagos Lagoon

An unidentified helicopter just crashed into a lagoon at the Oworosoki area of Lagos.

Although it not clear if its a military, commercial or private helicopter that crashed, the South-west Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the incident.

He said already all the primary and secondary responders are moving in to ascertain the damage.

Speaking to reporters he said, “We don’t know exactly what happened but we have called the Nigerian Mission Control Centre (NIMCC) to confirm the distress signal.

“The centre will ascertain this through the COSPAS-SARSAT, also known as the beacon, which is a hi-tech satellite based equipment made by Russia, USA and Canada for search and rescue purposes.”

Headed by Navy Captain Michael Igwe the NIMCC will through the beacon assist NEMA and other responders in locating the distressed helicopter.

Details shortly…

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Aregbesola Will Not Sell Helicopter To Pay Workers- APC

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Famodun, has reiterated that the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola will not sell the state helicopter to pay salaries of public workers.

Public outcry has greeted the inability of Aregbesola to pay workers in the state since 2014 while the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged him to sell the helicopter in order to reduce cost and upset some of the bills.

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Sell Helicopter To Pay Workers’ Salaries, PDP Tells Aregbesola

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has urged the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to sell the state-owned helicopter to raise funds to pay workers’ salaries.

The party also blamed the governor for the financial crisis facing the state; accusing him of reckless spending such as the funding of the impeachment plot of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

But the Governor described the allegation as “infantile,” saying it would not amend the PDP’s battered image before the eyes of the Osun people.

He also said he would not sell the helicopter because it was meant to provide and complement security operations in the state.

Workers in Osun State are on strike over unpaid seven months salaries.

A statement by the PDP’s Director of Media and Strategy, Diran Odeyemi, in Osun, said one of the ways out of the financial crisis facing the state, was for the government to “sell the helicopter Governor Aregbesola said it procured for the state and stop frivolous trips to Cuba.”

While describing it as one of the drain pipes of the state funds, the opposition party said the administration had told the people that the helicopter was to be used for surveillance, but had since been serving the travel needs of Mr. Aregbesola and his family.

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US Fighter Jet Crashes In Persian Gulf; Marine Helicopter Missing In Nepal

The US military says one of its warplanes has crashed shortly after taking off from an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, while one Marine helicopter has gone missing in Nepal.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet took off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, but crashed shortly afterwards.

The Navy did not immediately offer the reason for the crash but suggested it was an accident. “The crash was not a result of hostile activity,” the US Navy said in a statement that was issued by Fifth Fleet, which is responsible for the area where the USS Theodore Roosevelt is deployed.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash. The two personnel from fighter jet ejected and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the carrier, the statement said.

The aircraft carrier was in the Northern Persian Gulf, to support the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiris wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

The aircraft belongs to the Strike Fighter Squadron 211 based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing One.

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Pakistan Helicopter Carrying Foreign Diplomats Crashes

Military helicopter with 17 people on board, including 11 foreigners, comes down in Gilgit-Baltistan region, army says.

A Pakistani military helicopter carrying foreign diplomats in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan has crashed, killing at four people, the military says.

The MI-17 helicopter was carrying 17 people, including 11 foreigners, the military’s spokesperson Major-General Asim Bajwa said in a statement on Friday.

Both pilots and at least two foreign dignitaries were killed in the crash, he said. The 13 survivors had “varying degrees of injuries”.

The aircraft crashed in the Naltar Valley area of Gilgit-Baltistan, about 300km north of the capital Islamabad. Gilgit-Baltistan is located in Pakistan’s extreme north, and is located at the junction of three major mountain ranges: the Himalayas, the Karakorum and the Hindu Kush. It is home to more than 100 peaks higher than 7,000 metres.

A witness to the crash told Al Jazeera that it appeared that aircraft had suffered a technical issue. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was due to visit Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday, which the diplomats were visiting as part of a four-day tour.  Sharif was en route to Gilgit when the crash occurred, and has now cancelled his visit, state media reported.

He expressed “deep grief and sorrow” over the crash, according to Radio Pakistan. The helicopter that crashed was part of a group of three, all of which were carrying foreign diplomats on their tour of the area.

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10 Killed When Helicopters Collide While Shooting Reality TV Show

Eight cast members from a reality TV show were killed Monday when two helicopters collided mid-air over Argentina, according to multiple media reports. Two pilots also died.

The cast members — all French nationals — were filming a survival series called “Dropped” in the rugged mountains of the La Rioja province of the South American country.

“Apparently, the two helicopters collided as they were filming. There are no survivors,” provincial spokesman Horacio Alarcon said. Weather conditions were reportedly good and the reason for the crash is still unknown.

Among the dead are champion sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine. In addition to the contestants, two Argentine pilots were killed.

“Dropped,” which was to air on French television channel TF1, involved eight sports stars being dropped into inhospitable environments for the survival-themed reality series.

Shooting began in late February in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America in the glacial landscape of Patagonia, and then moved to the mountainous La Rioja region.

The wreckage from the crash burned for over four hours after the collision as police and firefighters worked to recover the victims’ bodies.