An IRS Fokker 100 aircraft with 92 passengers on board nearly crashed upon approach to the Kaduna international airport earlier Yesterday.
Sahara reporters reports that the aircraft was carrying passengers from Lagos to Kaduna when it
suddenly developed a hydraulic fault which forced the pilot to activate
an emergency landing around 11:00 AM Nigerian time.
The online medium said efforts to get the ministry of aviation to explain what happened to
the aircraft proved abortive as aides to the minister did not
responded to email inquiries as at the time of this report.
However, some of the passengers who spoke to SaharaReporters said
they were alarmed at the sudden drop in altitude as the plane began
preparing to land in Kaduna
An airport source who pleaded anonymity said all the crew and
passengers were safely evacuated, adding however that it was a terrible
situation. While the plane remains at the airport.
Security has been beefed at the airport and journalists were barred from entering the airport as the time of filing this report.
The last incident in Kaduna airport was on 20 August 2010, when a
Chanchangi Airlines Flight 334, operated by Boeing 737-200 5N-BIF struck
the localizer antenna and landed short of the runway. Several
passengers were slightly injured and the aircraft was substantially
damaged. Chanchangi Airlines later suspended operations following the