The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, has reported that Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and 392 other passengers and crew cheated death an averted plane crash that would have been national calamity on Wednesday.
The incident which calls for gratitude would have been at the runway of the international wing of the Lagos airport about 11 am.
According to NAN report, the ex-president was among the 393 passengers who were on board the Ethiopian Airline flight that arrived Lagos from Addis Ababa but that found it difficult to land at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos due to bad weather and heavy rain.
Other prominent Nigerians in the Ethiopian airline passenger aircraft, Boeing 777-300, included the director general of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni.
Prof Samson Tunde Adebayo, the director of ports inspection, National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was also on board the flight, including many other Nigerians and foreign passengers.
Reports say the passenger aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at 9.10am, Ethiopian time, 7 am Nigerian time.
A NAN correspondent, who was among the passengers, said the almost five-hour flight from the Ethiopian capital to Lagos had been smooth until the pilot attempted to land at the Murtala Muhammed International airport.
Rather than landing on the first touchline of the runway, the pilot overshot it, due to rain and heavy wind, landing on the third touchline.
On realising this, the pilot quickly manoeuvred the plane back air, flying out of the Lagos airport.
After hovering around between Lagos and areas suspected to be in Ogun, causing panic in passengers and crew members, the plane landed in Lagos airport, some 20 minutes after the initial false landing.