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Plane Crash Averted in Lagos

Passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Wednesday, May 29th, escaped what could have been a plane crash. The Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa at 9:10 a.m. Ethiopian time (7 a.m. Nigerian time). According to reports, the aircraft found it difficult to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos upon arrival from Ethiopia.

Speaking on the incident, the Duty Manager of the airline in Nigeria, Otori Jimoh Otan, said if the pilot had continued taxing down after landing on the third touchline, he would have overshot the runway.

“But this is an experienced pilot. He realised this immediately. Fortunately, the distance between when he realised the situation still permitted him to take off and renegotiate landing,” Otan said.

He added that the incident was not out of place, while confirming that the wind obscured the pilot’s vision. He also disclosed that most of the aircraft that flew out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport had to fly against the midday heavy wind.

“These things happen. That is where the sophistication of the aircraft and experience of the cabin crew members come in.

“The aircraft is one of the best you can have around and we are fortunate to have pilots who know their onions,” he added.

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