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Nigeria set to get night flights
Nigeria plane
It is not clear whether Nigerians would feel safe flying at night
Scheduled night flights are now possible between the Nigerian capital, Abuja and Lagos after the installation of new radar equipment, officials say.

"For the first time in the history of Nigerian aviation, we have been able to attain 24-hour radar coverage in Lagos and Abuja," a spokesman said.

Nigeria has experienced a series of tragic plane crashes leading to about 300 deaths in less than two years.

Officials could not locate the wreckage of one plane for almost 24 hours.

The plane crashed in a small village in south-western Ogun State, in October 2005, killing all 117 passengers and crew.

"All that will now be a thing of the past," Bayo Oladeji of the Nigerian federal aviation ministry told the BBC News website.

"In the past, there was radar coverage of only about 15km radius in both airports and even this was only for three or four hours a day," Mr Oladeji says.

"But now, it's 24 hours and this mean we are able to monitor every single plane flying between Lagos and Abuja 24 hours a day."

The new radar equipment, aviation officials say, covers 65 nautical miles from Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and 40 nautical miles from Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Mr Oladeji says the radar equipment will be extended to other airports across the country.

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