Breaking: 150 cheat death as Max Air plane crash-lands at Abuja Airport

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Breaking: 150 cheat death as Max Air plane crash-lands at Abuja Airport

No fewer than 144 passengers excluding crew members were on Sunday thrown into panic and cheated death at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja during touchdown when a Max Air commercial aircraft crash-landed after the bursting of its two tyres into flames.

Confirming the incident, a former President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Mike Ogirima, said the aircraft crash-landed in Abuja with emergency officials already on ground to put off the fire before the passengers were disembarked right at the runway.

Ogirima said that the plane’s tyres had burst right from takeoff at Yola Airport, adding that the aircraft approached the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja with the challenge already known before hand.

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According to him, the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Service (ARFFS) operatives at the airport were swiftly mobilised to put off the fire.

He said, “We thank God. We are still on the runway and the pilot has reassured us. He has called for the stairs and we are now disembarking from the runway to be evacuated to the airport building at the arrival hall.

“We bless God because we had witnessed the pull out of the tyre right from the airport in Yola and we went into prayer session. I never announced it as a surgeon so as not to cause any panic but we bless God.”

Periscope International learned that the passengers were safely disembarked from the runway while the runway has been temporarily shut until the evacuation of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, the management of the airline confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Sunday night.

It reads, “On May 7th, 2028, a Max Air flight with 143 passengers and 01 infant on board, departing from Yola at around 14:05, was scheduled to arrive in Abuja at 15:00.

“However, the aircraft experienced two tire bursts on landing Abuja, and the emergency response team quickly responded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport.

“We are pleased to report that all passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe and sound. The airline has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the passengers are comfortable and are being taken care of during this time.

“They have been conveyed to the arrival terminal with their luggage and belongings.

“The aircraft tires are being replaced and the aircre fill taxi to the ramp for further investigations before being released for future flights.

“Max Air is committed to providing safe and reliable air travel to all its passengers. We thank all the passengers for their patience and understanding for what transpired.

“The airline would like to extend its appreciation to the airport authorities, emergency services, and all relevant agencies who responded promptly and professionally to ensure the safety of all passengers and crewon board.

“Max Air will continue to provide updates on the situation as more information becomes available.”

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