Abuja -A Max Air plane reportedly burst into flames and forced a crash landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, in Abuja.
It was learned that the plane had just landed in Yola, Adamawa State, when the incident occurred.
The airport’s Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Service, or ARFFS, was quickly called upon to put out the fire.
According to Dr. Mike Ogirima, a former president of the Nigeria Medical Association, the tyre burst at Yola Airport shortly after takeoff.
However, when the plane crashed-landed in Abuja, there were already emergency personnel on the scene putting out the fire before the passengers disembarked at the airstrip.
Dr. Mike Ogirima statementWe thank God, the pilot reassuringly informed us that we were still on the runway. He signaled for the stairs, and we are now disembarking from the runway to be taken to the airport building’s arrival hall for an evacuation.
We thank God for allowing us to see the tire being pulled out of the ground in Yola as we entered a time of prayer. To avoid any panic, I never disclosed my status as a surgeon, but God be praised.
While the runway was temporarily closed until the airplane was evacuated, the passengers safely disembarked from it.
The airline employee who confirmed the occurrence stated the passengers got off the plane without difficulty.
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