25 February 2014

Nigeria: Abuja-Bound Arik Air Flight in Near Crash

An Abuja-bound Arik Air flight from Lagos was involved in a near crash yesterday evening at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in what a passenger told THISDAY was as a result of "control disorder" from the plane.

However, an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said no such incident was reported to the authority. The passenger, who was onboard the aircraft, said Arik Air flight Number 155 departed Lagos and was due to arrive Abuja at 6.30p.m., but could not land due to what the cabin crew described as control-disorder.

He said: "There was heavy panic all the way with prayers that we survived as the entire passengers fell over each other in prayer."

The passenger added that the plane spent more than an hour in the air before it managed to land. Efforts to speak with the General Manager, Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, were futile as his phone line could not be reached. .

A FAAN official who later spoke on telephone, however said no such incident was reported to the authority as at press time.

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