May 31, 2023

Aircraft with 50 passengers skids off Lagos airport runway

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By Prince Okafor

A United Nigeria Airlines Embraer 145 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWW with 50 passengers onboard yesterday, skidded off the runway 18L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 MMA2 in Lagos.

The aircraft was flying in from the airport in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when the incident happened.

Vanguard gathered that all passengers on board disembarked from the aircraft safely and were move to a safe location.

However, in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications United Airlines, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu he noted that the aircraft landed safely, but was forced to terminate its movement to the apron off the runway.

He stated that all the passengers disembarked safely and were transported to the arrival hall alongside their luggage.

“Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were present at the scene of the incident alongside UNA engineers who are working to move the aircraft to the hanger.

“The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and National Safety Investigation Board (NSIB) have also been duly noticed and are on the scene.

“We are collaborating fully with the authorities.

We maintains strictest safety standards in our operations and shall continue to prioritise passenger safety at all times,” the statement added.