Reports claiming that an aircraft in the fleet of one of the major airlines in the country crash-landed on the runway of the Ilorin International Airport have been dismissed by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
The Punch newspaper report, a plane with Sixty-six passengers and six crew on board tyres blew off upon landing at the Ilorin Airport in Kwara state on Friday, July 23.
However, the airline spokesperson Stanley Olise, told Punch that the tyre has been fixed and the aircraft has been moved from the runway.
Also, the Accident Investigation Bureau, the investigating body in charge of all aviation-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria, confirmed that the incident occurred but said there was no plane crash.
the AIB spokesperson , Tunji Oketumbi, said that the aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing, adding that the investigators evaluated the incident and won’t be investigating it.
“Yes. It happened yesterday. AIB Safety investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided not to investigate. The aeroplane has been released to the operator.
“The delay in opening the airport is down to the recovery of the aeroplane from the runway by FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) and Airpeace.”