What could have been a major air disaster at the tail end of 2013 was averted, Sunday, when a Boeing 737 aircraft with about 104 passengers and crew members including former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had a burst tyre at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos.
The aircraft, which reportedly departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, NAA, Abuja around 9am had a bust tyre on landing at the Lagos Airport.
Announcing their narrow escape via his twitter handle some few hours ago, the former FCT minister said: “Upon landing in Lagos, our Aero aircraft lost a tyre. The pilot did a great job of breaking to a halt. My phones flew under seats”.
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Reacting to the incident, General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr Yakubu Dati said: “A (sic) aircraft Boeing 737-500 with Registration No 5N-BLC, operated by Aero contractors landed safely at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, following loss of pressure in one of the tyres, today December 29, 2013.
“The aircraft which landed at 10.50am had a total of 104 passengers and crew members on board.
The aircraft has since been towed to the apron and Accident Investigation Prevention Bureau, AIPB has commenced investigation into the incident”.