The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has released a statement about Tuesday evening’s reported Lagos plane crash.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday evening, an unidentified private jet caused major gridlock at the Ikeja-along bus stop, Lagos State.
Many on social media believed the plane had crash-landed on the area, while others claimed it was damaged and was being towed to a nearby Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) facility when it became stranded on the road.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the plane with one missing wing had stopped at the always-bustling roadway, causing panic among road users.
However, in a swift response, FAAN addressed the issue in a statement on Tuesday evening adding that the news of a plane crash was untrue.
The statement reads: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would like to inform the general public to disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja Airport.
“The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Agency, while debunking reports of the plane crash, said “nothing of such happened”.
Highlighting plane crash into buildings at the Ikeja area of Lagos, TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) recalls the Dana Air Flight 0992, a scheduled Nigerian domestic passenger flight from Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria. On 3 June 2012, the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft serving the route suffered a dual-engine failure during its approach to Lagos.
It failed to reach its intended destination and crashed onto buildings, killing all 153 people on board and six on the ground.
Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) concluded that both aircraft’s engines had lost power during the approach to Lagos. Incorrect assembly had severed the engines’ fuel line, causing fuel not be delivered to both engines.
During the initial sequence of the engine failure, the pilots opted not to declare an emergency until the second engine lost power during the flight’s final approach.
Lack of situational awareness and poor decision-making by the pilots eventually caused the aircraft to crash into buildings.