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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Obasanjo, others escape plane crash

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo escaped what could have ended as a plane crash in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to NAN, the ex-president was among 393 passengers who were on board an aircraft that found it difficult to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The passenger aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at 9:10am, Ethiopian time, 7am Nigerian time.

A NAN correspondent, who was among the passengers, said the almost 5-hour flight from the Ethiopian capital to Lagos had been smooth until the pilot attempted to land at the Murtala Muhammed International airport.

Rather than landing on the first touch line of the runway, the pilot over-short it, due to rain and heavy wind, landing on the third touchline.

On realising this, the pilot quickly manoeuvred the plane back to air, flying out of the Lagos airport.

After hovering around between Lagos and areas suspected to be in Ogun, causing panic among passengers and crew members, the plane landed in Lagos airport, some 20 minutes after the initial false landing.

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