Hundreds escape death as Qatar Airways aircraft tyre blow out upon take off from Lagos

The burst Tyre of the Aircraft as it crash lands in Lagos Airport
The burst Tyre of the Aircraft as it crash lands in Lagos Airport

Hundreds of passengers on Thursday escaped death when their Dubai-bound Qatar Airways aircraft suddenly had a burst tyre while attempting to take off at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the incident occurred on the runway 18 Right of the airport around 3p.m.

One of the passengers, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, said the aircraft was already cleared for take off by the Air Traffic Controllers when they suddenly heard a loud sound.

According to her, this prompted the pilot to stop briefly before deciding to taxi the aircraft back to the terminal.

She said frightened passengers resorted to prayers as the event as they scrambled for details of what happened.

“We were held in fear for some time. We thank God that the plane had not gathered the full speed for takeoff, we would have been saying something else,” the passenger said.

The plane on the tarmac after the emergency landing
The plane on the tarmac after the emergency landing

NAN gathered that the aircraft was later parked for repair at one of the hangers in the terminal while the airline management embarked on alternative arrangement for the affected travellers.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority proved abortive as calls and text messages to its spokesman were not responded to.

(NAN)


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  • Say the truth

    Thank God for his mercy and safety. It must be noted that this is the second tyre incident involving Qatar Air on Nigeria runway. One busted on landing another now on take off. I hope the airline regulators in Nigeria will pay a special attention to this and take it up with necessary authorities.