Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines flight 901 from Addis Ababa to Lagos had a landing challenge. The incident was reportedly not very serious but it was sensationalised perhaps because one of the passengers on the flight. A very important statesman, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was on board.
Aviation authorities including the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the airline had also dismissed several online media report suggesting what happened was a near mishap. Not a few said it had an excellent touchdown.
The spokesman of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said the aircraft did not overshoot runway as some reports indicated. “There was no incident of over shooting of runway in Lagos. However, Ethiopian Airlines came into Lagos at a time it was raining and there was reduced visibility. Hence, it had to go back and hovered for a while. Finally, it came back and landed safely.”
Similarly, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said “ Ethiopian Airline flight numbered ET 901 flying from Addis Ababa to Lagos today escaped a mishap and landed safely at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
“The flight, which tried to land at about 1157hours had earlier mis-approached due to bad weather and immediately went up to position properly for landing. The aircraft landed safely at exactly 1213hours and parked at gate E63. The Ethiopian flight had departed Lagos for Addis Ababa at 1351hours.” She added that FAAN is “committed to her core values of safety, security and comfort.”
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