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Qatar Airways aircraft tyre bursts while taxiing for take-off in Lagos

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Hundreds of passengers on Thursday escaped death when their Doha-bound Qatar Airways aircraft suddenly had a burst tyre while attempting to take off at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The incident occurred on runway 18 Right of the airport around 3PM.

One of the passengers, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, said the Captain was already cleared for take off by the Air Traffic Controllers when they suddenly heard a loud sound.

According to her, this prompted the pilot to stop briefly before deciding to taxi the aircraft back to the terminal where it has earlier departed.

She said the frightened passengers resorted to prayers as the event was occurring.

“We were held in fear for some time. We thank God that the plane has not gathered the full speed for takeoff, we would have been saying something else,” the passenger said.

The aircraft was later parked for repair at one of the hangers in the terminal while the airline management embarked on alternative arrangement for the affected travellers.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) proved abortive as calls and text messages to its spokesman were not responded to.

6 Comments

  1. Ree

    February 10, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Thank God the flight had not fully taken off when this happened. It would have been a disaster!

  2. sharon

    February 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Ofcourse they couldn’t get through to the NCAA!! High time people are heldd accountable

  3. Temi

    February 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Jesus! Lord have mercy. OUR ENGINEERS SO USELESS AND YET LIVES ARE AT STAKE. NONESENSE

  4. naima

    February 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Basic research would have informed you that the flight was Doha-bound, not Dubai-bound

    • Mohammad

      February 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      And “taxing”? Do you guys have editors at all?!

  5. Nyc

    February 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Lawd hv mercy BN is this how u spell tire..”tyre”

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