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Scare As Plane Experiences Tyre Burst in Kwara Airport

An airplane belonging to one of the major airlines in Nigeria, experienced a crash after landing in Ilorin, Kwara state from a trip from Abuja on Saturday.

The plane contained an undisclosed number of passengers, with reports saying a substantial number of important persons who narrowly escaped death after the impact of the crash.

According to the Nation, the plane had a tyre burst and a bang which affected the cabin with luggage falling on passengers.

It was gathered that with the impact of the crash, the plane could not taxi to the tarmac.

The incident occurred on Friday at about 9.30am, forcing authorities of the airport to close the runway of the airport and cancel all flights.

No official statements have been released from the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other aviation regulatory agencies.

In the last 24 hours, the runway of the airport had been closed to traffic.

However, none of the passengers sustained any serious injury as they were successfully evacuated from the runway.

As at the time of filing this report at 2.08pm, efforts were being made to relocate the plane from the runway.

It was learnt that the process of moving the plane from the runway was slow because, according to a source, “it is a bigger aircraft and we have no equipment.

“We are in the process of removing the aircraft. We have been on it for 24 hours,” the source added.


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