Ibadan-bound aircraft catches fire few minutes after take off

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What would have resulted into a major air disaster was averted on Friday as one of the engines of an Ibadan-bound plane from Abuja allegedly caught fire few minutes before takeoff.


A Passenger had raised the alarm over the development before the Pilots quickly opened the emergency exit to evacuate all passengers on board. No casualty was recorded in the incident.

A statement issued by the office of the Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards said the incident happened just as the plane made to takeoff. The statement further disclosed that a passenger on board raised the alarm that there was a fire, throwing other passengers aboard the plane into heavy confusion before the emergency exit door was opened for their evacuation.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has however said in a statement that it regretted the ugly incident which occurred on Friday, but commended the Pilots for their quick response to the alarm raised by one of the passengers.

Source: Daily Post

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