An Air Peace aircraft heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, made an emergency landing and was partially damaged after it experienced difficulty landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Boeing 737 aircraft was said to have experienced turbulence due to the weather and the pilot reportedly requested a longer runway, where it eventually landed.
While confirming the incident, The airline said the pilot, Captain Simisola Ajibola noticed a sudden weather changes when approaching Lagos and demanded to land on the international runway as it is longer and wider than the domestic runway.
“After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers,” the airline said.
Narrating her experience on the flight, one of the passengers, Dr Chinasa Amadi said the female pilot made frantic effort to control the plane from nose-diving which may have resulted in a fatal crash.
Amadi shared pictures and video of the aftermath of the emergency landing on IG.
She wrote via her Instagram handle @Ariellafitness:
“As we arrived Lagos on @flyairpeace, the pilot announced that we will be landing at international tarmac because of visibility issues. The sleep wey bin dey my eyes, auto cleared.
“Some minutes later, seems the plane started nose-diving on a fast track. And she in her expertise applied control. Then next it picked up speed and bang! bang!
“We dropped from the sky to the hard ground. And the ceiling of the plane dropped. Children crying. People screaming Blood of Jesus! Some screaming my Mummy. It was hard! My life flashed before me.
“Then the pilot informed that she can’t estimate the damage, however, that the plane lost its both tyres. That she had signaled for an evacuation. She kept working hard, though unsuccessfully, to calm agitated.
“They said they are awaiting tow truck to tow us from international tarmac to local.
“I got my bag, had my inhaler handy… And we awaited emergency rescue.
“They came 52 MINUTES Later! (Nigeria’s emergency response time)… We for don burn finish if not for God! Praise God for Us… He averted what could have been a tragic plane crash.”