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    Default COVID-19: UK Jet Impounded for Flouting Ban in Nigeria

    BBC World News: Monday 18 May 2020
    Nigeria impounds British plane for 'flouting ban'

    Nigeria has impounded a British aircraft that is alleged to have flouted a ban aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
    Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said the plane, operated by FlairJet, was allowed to fly humanitarian aid but had contravened a ban that has been imposed on almost all passenger flights.

    Describing Flairjet’s action as callous, he said the crew was being questioned and maximum penalties could follow.

    The company has not commented on the seizure.

    Nigeria’s ban on passenger flights - except for returning nationals - is due to run until 4 June.

    By: Damian Zane
    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/worl...ost_type=share

    NS Comment: Aircraft involved is an Embraer Legacy 600 Business jet, capable to carry 13 passengers.
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    Default Re: COVID-19: UK Jet Impounded for Flouting Ban in Nigeria

    Quote Originally Posted by No Smoking View Post
    BBC World News: Monday 18 May 2020
    Nigeria impounds British plane for 'flouting ban'



    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/worl...hty_type=share

    NS Comment: Aircraft involved is an Embraer Legacy 600 Business jet, capable to carry 13 passengers.
    Oh dear. Then again , if rich, will do what one wants.
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    Default Re: COVID-19: UK Jet Impounded for Flouting Ban in Nigeria

    Aircraft registration G-ERFX
    Pilot in Command: Captain Andy Bell

    Confusing terminologies.
    "Humanitarian" would suggest rapid evacuation of people in distress away from a dangerous situation.
    The popular term used during COVID-19 is "Repatriation". This has the connotation of positioning an aircraft to perform a one-way evacuation of foreigners back to their own country.

    So many countries, including Nigeria, have operated such repatriation flights. Typically, the operating aircraft fly empty from their base to the country of picking up where they collect the agreed number of passengers returning home.

    In this case of Flairjet, somebody appears to have arranged the repatriation to be in both directions, perhaps returning 7 Nigerians to Lagos, then collecting 7 British/European passengers back to London. Is that what has changed the mission from "Humanitarian" to "Commercial"?
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