Air Force Aircraft Crash-Lands At Lagos Airport

A Nigerian Air Force maritime patrol aircraft on Monday made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport on Lagos.

The Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft was on a routine flight to Ilorin when it lost its tyres and had to make an emergency landing on its underside at the airport.

There was no casualty recorded as a result of crash landing on Runway 18R with six passengers onboard.

“It had a landing gear problem, meaning the tires refused to come out for landing. The pilot landed the aircraft on the bush, a smart move,” an official said.

Confirming the incident in a press statement made available to journalists, the spokesman Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Wap Maigida, said the aircraft carried out a ‘controlled belly land’, with no causality recorded.

Maigida said, “A Nigerian Air Force maritime patrol aircraft, a Cessna Citation CJ3 on a routine flight today, 6 February 2023 lost its tyres on touch and go flight in Ilorin and had to carry out a controlled belly land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground. ” He noted that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, had set up a committee to investigate the incident.

Maigida said, “The Chief of Air Staff has directed the immediate constitution of a Board of Inquiry to determine the cause(s) of the accident. The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

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