Nigeria aircraft fails to land, returns to Lagos after reaching destination

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Arik Air flight traveling from Lagos to Asaba, Delta State, made a sudden turn midair on Friday evening after it reached its destination but was told that the airport was “closed for the day”.

Flight W3 628 had to return to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with the disappointed passengers.

The spokesperson of the airline, Olabanji Ola, who confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, said, “When the pilot approached the Asaba Airport, the control tower told him it would be too late for the aircraft to take off again if it lands in the airport.

“The airport is for daylight operation because it does not have traffic lighting. So, there’s a particular time if the pilot enters the airport the plane would not be able to take off again because of sunset,” Mr. Ola said.

The incident happened around 6.15p.m., he said.

The spokesperson said that Arik was very well aware of the limitation at the Asaba airport, but that “the normal time the airport is supposed to close which the airport gave us is 6.30 p.m.”.

He, however, said that the airline was not liable for any damage the passengers may have suffered because of the incident.

“What has happened is a force majeure, the airline is not liable. In this circumstances, what we did was to reschedule the flight for next day.

“It is not as if we have canceled the flight. Any passenger that is not ready to be on the flight again, we will refund the fare,” Mr. Ola said.

Chidinma Aniakor, one of the passengers on the Arik flight, was said to have resorted to traveling by night in a bus from Lagos to Asaba in order to meet up with an important engagement.


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  • Prosperous Nigeria

    Yet, someone says Oga Trimp was not right to have said what he said recently. Yeye dey smell!

  • Dick

    What a Country, what a free society to live in. Perpetrators just have to do anything and get away without being scolded.

  • Bassey Frank

    We are making progress. Kudos!

    • Savannah Erkaya

      What progress?

  • The Truth Sayer

    Who is supposed to be blamed? Jonathan or Yar adua

  • Tayomi

    Wasn’t there a flight schedule?
    May be again, we want to blame African Time.

  • Sandy

    Wait and see, very soon the APC federal government will blame Jonathan and PDP

  • iyanda

    Arik Airline should have left lagos earlier. Arik airline is to be blamed.

  • Emmanuel Nwusulor

    The tragedy of a Nation