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Sat, Sep 9, 2023 1:10 PM

Investigation Begins as United Nigeria Airlines Aircraft Skids off Runway in Lagos

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Investigation Begins as United Nigeria Airlines Aircraft Skids off Runway in Lagos
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has initiated an investigation into an incident involving an aircraft belonging to United Nigeria Airlines. The plane skidded off the runway after landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport during a heavy downpour in Lagos. Fortunately, all passengers were evacuated safely with no injuries reported. NSIB is now seeking assistance from the public to conduct a comprehensive investigation.

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has begun an investigation into an incident involving an aircraft belonging to United Nigeria Airlines. The aircraft skidded off the runway after landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, during a heavy downpour on Friday night.

According to a statement from United Nigeria Airlines, flight U5 0513 operated by their aircraft with registration 5N-BWY arrived from Owerri and landed normally. However, it skidded off the runway upon landing. Thankfully, all passengers and their luggage were successfully evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

NSIB spokesperson, Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the incident and provided details about the flight. He stated that there were 51 passengers and four crew members on board the aircraft. Oketunbi also mentioned that NSIB was seeking information from the public to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.

"NSIB has been notified and commenced an investigation into a serious incident involving an Embraer ERJ145 aircraft with the registration 5N-BWY, belonging to United Nigeria Airlines. The incident occurred at around 06:33 pm (Local Time) on 8th September, 2023," said Oketunbi.

The aircraft, which was en-route from Owerri to Lagos, skidded off the runway upon landing on Runway 18R of Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities.

In their statement, NSIB requested the general public to provide any valuable information, including pictures, videos, or recordings, to aid the investigation. They provided contact information for reaching out to the Bureau through email, social media platforms, and an emergency line.

It is important to respect the privacy of the passengers involved in the incident. NSIB emphasized that the cause of the incident should not be assumed until the formal report is released. The preliminary report will be disclosed soon by the Bureau.

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau is an agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria. Their primary goal is to identify probable causes and provide safety recommendations to prevent recurrence.

This incident highlights the importance of thorough investigations into aviation incidents to ensure the safety and well-being of passengers and crew. The findings of the NSIB's investigation will shed light on the factors contributing to the runway skid and potentially lead to improved safety measures in the future.

The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by airports and airlines in dealing with adverse weather conditions. Safety protocols and training play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operations of flights, especially during unfavorable weather situations.

As the investigation progresses, updates will be awaited regarding the findings and any safety recommendations that may arise from the NSIB's thorough examination of the incident. It is crucial for the aviation industry to continue prioritizing safety and learning from such incidents to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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