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 United Nigeria Airlines’ plane skids off Lagos runway

United Nigeria Airlines plane off runway in Lagos. Photo. Nosa Aituamen/Radio Nigeria

A United Nigeria Airlines (UNA) aircraft skidded off the runway 18L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.

The aircraft, 5N-BWW with 50 passengers on board, was flying in from the airport in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, when the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon.

The aircraft landed safely but was forced to terminate its movement to the apron off the runway.

The Head, Corporate Communications, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, in a statement said all passengers disembarked safely and were transported to the arrival hall alongside their luggage.

Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were at the scene of the incident and alongside UNA engineers working to move the aircraft to the hanger.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) have also been duly noticed and are on the scene.

The spokesman for United Nigeria airline said they were collaborating fully with the authorities and assured the traveling public that it maintains strictest safety standards in its operations and shall continue to prioritize passenger safety at all times.

Writing by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu