Activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) which happens to be Nigeria’s busiest airport has been disrupted. This was due to the emergency landing made by Air Peace Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with registration number 5N-BQO earlier today, 23rd July, 2019 at about 11:28 AM. On board the aircraft were 133 passengers, 6 crew reporting minor injury but no fatality.
The incident has been confirmed by Air Peace. The airline reported that the Captain Sinmisola Ajibola noticed sudden changes in weather when approaching Lagos. She demanded to land on international airport runway. The international Airport 18R which the aircraft landed is longer and wider than the domestic runway.
The airline said “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 further said, “We will continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines”.
Accident and investigation Bureau has commenced investigation into the cause of the incident. According to AIB, “From the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway 18R and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off.”
The aircraft has lost its nose wheel.
Describing the incident, some passengers said that some of the ceiling panels fell, there was chaos amongst passengers as they were afraid.
A passenger who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the plane began to nose dive, but courtesy of the expertise of the pilot, it picked up again and suddenly dropped from the sky to the ground. The ceiling panels of the aircraft dropped and there was chaos in the cabin. The pilot intimated passengers that she cannot estimate the damage because the plane had lost its both tires and she had signalled for evacuation but emergency response did not come until fifty-two (52) minutes after they landed.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has also confirmed the incident. The aircraft has been removed from the runway.