An Air peace aircraft, Boeing 737, from Port Harcourt made an emergency landing on Tuesday , at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos .
As the aircraft was approaching Lagos, it experienced turbulence caused by weather .
The pilot,Captain Sinmisola Ajibola on noticing the sudden weather change requested to be allowed to land on the international runway as it is longer and wider than the domestic runway.
After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers, the airline said.
Accident Investigation Bureau in a Twitter post said it has launched an investigation into the incident.
A passenger on the aeroplane said on Twitter that attempts by the pilot to douse tension proved abortive.
Tweeting with the handle @Ariellafitness, the Twitter user wrote,
As we arrived in Lagos on Air Peace, the pilot announced that we will be landing at the international tarmac because of visibility issues.
Some minutes later, it seems the plane started to nosedive quickly. But the pilot applied control, it picked up speed and then bang! We dropped from the sky to the hard ground and the ceiling of the plane dropped, children were crying.
The pilot informed that she can’t estimate the damage, however, that the plane lost its both tyres. That she had signalled for an evacuation. She kept working hard, though unsuccessfully, to calm agitated.
They said they were waiting for the tow truck to tow the vehicle from the international tarmac to the local. I got my inhaler ad we awaited emergency rescue. They came 52 minutes later.
Nigeria’s response time! We for don (sic) burn finish if not for God! Praise God for us. He averted what could have been a tragic plane crash.
Some months ago similar incident occurred . Tyre of an Air peace plane blew off and made a loud sound while it was getting ready for a takeoff on the runway