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|IRS Plane Crash-lands In Kaduna by johntousin(m): 3:35pm On Oct 14, 2013|
No lives were lost in the emergency landing
An IRS plane crash-landed in the early hours of Sunday at the Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna, witnesses say.
There were no casualties.
The plane took off from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos by 8 am, en route Kaduna and crashed around 9:30am.
Airport sources say, the plane conveying 105 passenger from Lagos had a landing gear problem. ”The plane had a tyre that burst during landing but it managed to halt midway, along the runway,” the source said.
“However, all the passengers were evacuated safely and the plane is still on the runway.”
But a spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority denied the plane’s tires were faulty.
But the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Fola Akinkuotu, said the plane landed safely after a hydraulic leak on the tarmac.
He denied any tyre had problems and cautioned against “magnifying a manageable incident out of proportion”.
“The NCAA wishes to assure all air travelers of their safety,” Mr Akinkuotu said in a statement.
The incident happened just more than a week after a small passenger plane crashed in Lagos killing 15 people.
The plane was carrying the body of a former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu, for interment in Ondo state.
The accident was followed in days by two near accidents, one conveying pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The incidents have rekindled public concerns about aviation safety in Nigeria, with many expressing fears about a repeat of the multiple air plane crashes that the nation witnessed in 2005 and 2006.
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