Disaster was averted yesterday when an Aero Contractors Boeing 737-500 plane had an incident at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos.
The plane, which had departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja at about 9am, had a burst tyre on landing at the Lagos airport.
One of the over 100 passengers on board the plane was former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who tweeted that “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.”
An official of the airline who did not want his name mentioned confirmed the incident, but said that the burst tyre was replaced immediately by the engineers of the airline.
He explained that the airline was currently waiting for the approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the plane to be returned to service, but insisted that it was a minor incident and normal in aircraft operations.
Also, Yakubu Dati, coordinating spokesman for aviation agencies confirmed the incident, but cautioned against sensationalising the incident.
He said, “A Boeing 737-500 aircraft with registration number 5N-BLC, operated by Aero Contractors landed safely at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, following loss of pressure in one of the tyres, today (yesterday) December 29, 2013.
“The aircraft, which landed at 10.50am, had 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.
We wish to assure all air travellers of their safety and caution against magnifying a manageable incident out of proportion.”