Missing Airplane: ‘Nigeria Can’t Partake In Search Operation’

Following the disappearance of a four-seater plane on Monday night, the  after taking off from Kano airport, en-route to Libreville, Gabon, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said the plane did not get missing in Nigerian airspace.

According to the Managing Director of NAMA, Mr Ibrahim Abdulsalam, the plane had already been officially handed over to the Cameroonian authorities by the Air Traffic Controllers in Kano airport, Nigerian Tribune reports.

Abdulsalam explained that NAMA could not partake in the search for the missing plane as it did not get missing within Nigerian airspace.

It did not occur within the Nigerian airspace. So, there is nothing we can do about it. We handed over the aircraft to the Cameroonian airspace,” he said.

The plane, owned by the US company Global Aviation, had taken off from Kano in northern Nigeria at 6.00p.m on Monday en route Libreville in Gabon, where it was scheduled to arrive at 11.00p.m, after a stopover in Douala, Cameroon but the plane which had only an American pilot on board, did not make it to Douala.

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So far, the search and rescue mission for the missing plane has not yielded any positive result.

It would be recalled that a Malaysian plane carrying 239 people to China had gone missing in March and till date it is yet to be found.

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