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  • Narrowly avoids plane crash with 393 others

A PASSENGER aircraft in the fleet of Ethiopian Airlines nearly crash-landed at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, yesterday.

The plane which had former President Olusegun Obasanjo and 393 other passengers  aboard, while travailing through near crash or false landing, was arriving from Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Tragedy was averted when, on realising that smooth landing had become difficult, the pilot quickly manouvered the plane back air, rerouting out of Lagos airport to an area between Lagos and Ogun States where it hovered around for a long time, before returning to land in Lagos airport some 20 minutes after.

No explanation has come for the near air mishap for the almost five-hour flight from Ethiopia to Lagos which one of the passengers said had been smooth until the pilot started careering to land.

Officials of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said there was no report of any incident in Lagos while Accident Investigation Bureau did not confirm if it received any incident notification from any airline.

However, a source quoting checks at the Control Tower disclosed that rather than landing on the first touchline of the runway, the pilot over short it, due to rain and heavy wind thereby landing on the third touchline.

Obasanjo was among passengers who were returning from a Stakeholders Dialogue on Continental Trade and Strengthening Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) summit which ended in Addis Ababa yesterday.

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