NCAA To Probe Company Responsible For Ore Expressway Helicopter Landing
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has disclosed it will be probing the helicopter that recently landed on the busy Lagos–Benin Expressway to pick up some so-called “prominent” passengers.
The helicopter was requested by some yet-to-be-confirmed individuals who were desperate to get out of the road traffic they were stuck in for hours.
Note that while initial report linked Edo-born billionaire, Julian Osula, to the incident, he quickly refuted the claims. Osula is the owner of Julian Luxury, and a former banker at the defunct First City Merchant Bank and the Alpha Merchant Bank. Then another source claimed the helicopter landed to pick up Nolllywood teen actor Regina Daniels, and was ordered by her husband Ned Nwoko.
Further details later emerged about the company that landed its helicopter on the Ore expressway, which drew the attention of NCAA, because helicopters only land in highways under emergency situations.
According to the NCAA, the company whose helicopter was used to airlift the passengers in the viral video is Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd. The company was identified by its aircraft type -AW139 and registration number 5N – BVQ.
About the Company: Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited was established in 2013 to provide Airborne Area Survey, transportation of Oil and Gas companies, Emergency Medical Services, and many other related services. Now, the company might as well add “airlifting traffic passengers” to its services.
Among the company’s leadership team is a prominent Nigerian, Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), who is a former Minister of State for Petroleum and Minister for Foreign Affairs. He served under the administrations of late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and that of Goodluck Jonathan; respectively.
Ajumogobia serves as the chairman of Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd. He is also the Chairman of the Board of First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited, as well as a Senior Partner in the leading corporate/commercial law firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke. Another prominent Nigerian in the company’s board is Emperor Chris Baywood-Ibe. He serves as the CEO of Tropical Arctic Logistics.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has been sending out tweets regarding the incident, read some of them.
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NCAA investigation: The NCAA disclosed that it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the request. However, the aviation authority did not expatiate whether the passengers involved will also be investigated.
According to the aviation authority, the helicopter was said to have been diverted for the unscheduled flight, compelling the pilot-in-charge to land between Benin and Ore. The NCAA also added that “as soon as the investigation is concluded, the outcome will be made public.”
However, prominent questions remain, Who gave the landing order? This is because no pilot can land without getting clearance from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). We await more details from NCAA.
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