Panic as Aircraft Crash-lands in Abuja Airport

On Sunday, a Max Air plane reportedly crashed-landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after the tyre caught fire.


There were no casualties because all 144 passengers and 6 crew members were safely evacuated.


After the incident, the aircraft, which had flown in from Yola, Adamawa State, was towed.


The airport's Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Service (ARFFS) was quickly called upon to put out the fire.


At Yola Airport, the tyre burst after takeoff, according to Dr. Mike Ogirima, a former president of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), who recounted the incident.


Many flights entering and leaving Abuja have been grounded as a result of the incident, according to sources at the airport who asked to remain anonymous because they lacked authority to speak on the subject.


“Our aircraft that was supposed to leave for Abuja has been delayed because the runway at the Abuja airport is being fixed due to the incident,” another source added, stating that other flights have been asked to do the same for the safety of the passengers.


Additionally, it was learned that everyone on board the impacted Max Air flight, which departed from Yola, safely disembarked along the runway before being taken to the airport building.


The affected aircraft had 143 passengers and an infant aboard, according to a statement issued by Max Air management Sunday night.


“…the aircraft experienced two tire bursts on landing in Abuja, and the emergency response team quickly responded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,” the statement noted.


“We are pleased to report that all passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe and sound.”


The airline has taken all necessary measures to guarantee that the passengers are safe, comfortable, and well-cared-for during this time, as well as that they are transported to the arrival terminal with their luggage and belongings.


“The aircraft tires are being replaced and the aircraft will taxi to the ramp for further investigations before being released for future flights,” the statement said.


Max Air added that it would continue to provide more updates on the situation.


“The airline would like to extend its appreciation to the airport authorities, emergency services, and all relevant agencies who responded promptly and professionally to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew on board,” the airline said.




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