A Boeing 777-360ER converted cargo plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines skidded off the taxiway after landing at Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), in Ikeja, Lagos State.
1st News learned that the aircraft, registered ET-ASL, had just operated cargo flight ET3905 from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD) in Ethiopia to Ikeja in Lagos.
As it was taxiing to the apron, the plane skidded off the Ikeja Airport taxiway and its left-hand main landing gear sunk in the mud.
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Three hours after the incident, after the tire was freed from the mud; the aircraft was eventually towed away from the taxiway. No damage or injuries were reported. After unloading its cargo, the aircraft flew back to Addis Ababa from Ikeja.
In his remarks, the spokesperson, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Tunji Oketunbi, said the incident was a minor one; and has also been handed over to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to investigate.
According to him, the type of incident doesn’t fall under the responsibility of the bureau; saying, “It is not our brief, we have handed it over to the NCAA because it is a minor incident. It is the NCAA that will investigate and we also have handed it over to them.”
However, the General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, also said it was a minor incident that happens when one operates a machine.
“I think we have passed that stage of reporting. What happened was a minor incident. An airline making an air-return is a normal thing that will happen when you operate a machine. It isn’t worth reporting as it will be over sensationalization of issues,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has slammed social media reports; suggesting that he supports the agitation for the Yoruba Nation.
Soyinka made this clarification via a statement on Thursday, June 3; urging the general public to ignore the utterances of those he described as “contemptible interlopers” who lack the courage of their conviction; thus taking to Identity Theft for the furtherance of their views.
The statement added that Professor Soyinka does not express his opinions on national issues on social media except through print media.
“For a start, Wole Soyinka does not participate in Facebook; Tweet; Blog; WhatsApp; or other offerings of Social Media. Any views that he wishes to express on national as well as other issues routinely go through the print media,” the statement partly reads.