My name is MD 83
I was manufactured in 1990
Acquired by Alaska airline

For 12 years
I served my masters 
With might and strength
And made them smile
To the banks

Until November 4, 2002
When I developed engine faults
And had to make emergency diversion
due to smoke in my cabin
Passengers disembarked alive.

On August 20, 2006
I was again evacuated after landing at the Long Beach, CA
due to smoke in my cabin
Passengers disembarked alive

Concerned about my air worthiness 
Alaska Airline parked me
Until Sept. 11, 2008 for repairs
And shifted my burdens to Dana Air, Nigeria 
On February, 2009

On arrival 
On the tropical shores of Africa
I hid not my state of health

On May 3, 2012
A Lagos station manager 
Said I should be grounded for a check-up
That alarm was ignored

On May 11, 2012
I made an air return and emergency landing at MM2
Passengers disembarked alive

On May 25, 2012
Again, I made an air return and emergency landing due to engine failure Passengers disembarked alive

And finally on June 3, 2012
I crashed in Iju, 5-6 nautical miles from touch down, killing all 153 passengers on board and 30 on ground

After 22 years 
Of meritorious service
I wished my masters listened
And let me rest

Now I put tears 
In the eyes of a nation

But come to think of it,
If Alaska Air
Considered me unfit
To fly Americans
Why should Dana Air
Consider me worthy
To fly Nigerians?

Written By: Fred

Twitter Handle: @Hadjiya_Toy

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  1. Corroption is at the root of all evil in my beloved Nation Nigeria, because if I don’t sellout you can’t buyoff. The way a man dress goes to says how he’ll be addressed.
    Shame! Shame!! Shame!!! To the pretenders who call themselves leaders. They’ve blood on their hands.

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