Former Minister for Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has again lent his voice to events in Nigeria’s troubled Aviation industry. The former Minister established links between crashes, weekends and what he described as sacrificial circles. Fani-Kayode pointed out that “every single major air crash in Nigeria in the last 10 years has taken place on a weekend. EAS Airline crashed in Kano on June 4th 2002 resulting in the loss of 77 souls. This took place on a weekend. Bellview Airlines crashed in Lisa village just outside Lagos on October 22, 2005 resulting in the loss of 117 souls. This took place on a weekend. Sosolisso Airline crashed in Port Harcourt on 10 December 2005 resulting in the loss of 108 souls. This took place on a weekend. ADC crashed in Abuja on 29th Oct. 2006 resulting in the loss of 105 souls. This took place on a weekend.
A Nigerian military plane crashed in Oko village, Benue state on Sept. 17th 2006 with the loss of 15 Generals of the Nigerian Army. This took place on a weekend. Wings Aviation Airline crashed on March 15th 2008 in Cross River state with the loss of 3 souls. This took place on a weekend. In 2009 and 2010 there were a series of small light aircraft crashes, an airforce jet crash and helicopter crashes in Kano, Lagos and Kaduna that took place each resulting in the loss of lives. They mostly took place on weekends.
An OAS Helicopter crashed in Ife Odan in Osun state on 29th July 2011 resulting in the loss of three lives. This took place on a weekend.
On June 2nd 2012 A Nigerian cargo plane shot off the runway into the highway behind Accra’s Kotoka Int.Airport resulting in the deaths of 10 Ghanaian souls that were driving past the airport in a bus. This took place on a weekend. The following day on June 3rd 2012 Dana Air crashed into a residential area in the suburbs of Lagos resulting in the loss of 176 souls. This took place on a weekend.
Curiously the Dana crash of June 3rd 2012 took place exactly 10 years and one month (less one day) after the EAS crash of 3rd May 2002 took place. This clearly represents the end of a 10 year sacrificial cycle. Another curious fact is that there had been an earlier ADC Airline plane crash on 7th November 1996 in which 142 souls had perished. Exactly 10 years (less 9 days) later, on 29th Oct 2006, another ADC Airline plane crashed again with the loss of 105 souls. This again represents the end of a ten year sacrificial cycle”.