Again, aircraft skids off Lagos Airport runway


More than three weeks after a similar incident involving a Dana aircraft,  a medium range aircraft Embraer 145 belonging to a premium services provider Xejet Airlines has also skidded off the runway at Lagos Airport.

Xejet Airlines is a business class only airline based in Nigeria  based at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The plane was said to have  plunged into the grass areas of Runway 18Left of  of the Airport, The Nation reports.

The aircraft, it was learnt, had 52 passengers and crew members on board before it took off from  Abuja to Lagos.

Citing sources at the airport, The  Nation reports that the 18Left Runway was after the incident  closed to aircraft traffic as personnel of the Aerodrome Fire and Safety Rescue Unit of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) mobilised to the scene of the incident to rescue the passengers.

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A source said: “Another aircraft belonging to Xejet Airlines has skidded off the runway at the Lagos Airport . The incident occurred about 11:29 am, as the plane veered into the grass verge by B5.

“The aircraft carries registration mark – 5NBZZ, an Embraer 145 had 52 passengers on board with three crew members.

” Fire and Rescue personnel are on ground to help in evacuation of the passengers.

“At the moment Runway18L is closed to traffic.”


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