Damaged Air Peace Plane Evacuated From Ilorin Airport’s Runway

Emmanuel Kehinde, ilorin

An aircraft in the fleet of Air Peace on Friday got its tyre bursted shortly after landing at the Ilorin International Airport .

The development forced airlines operators to cancel their operations on Friday and Saturday because no plane can land nor take-off from the runway of the airport until the bursted tyre is replaced.

Reprieve, however, came the way of the airline operators and passengers on Saturday as the Air Peace plane was evacuated from the runway of the airport.

Our correspondent said that on Sunday gathered that the plane had been moved to the hanger of the Nigerian Airforce in the airport for further maintenance services.

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“With this development, flight operations in and out of Ilorin can now commence in earnest,” an official of the airport who pleaded anonymity told our reporter Sunday.

He also denied rumour about plane crash in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

” No, there was no plane crash at Ilorin International Airport,” he said in a reply to our reporter’s inquiry.

Arik Air and Overland airlines had on Friday cancelled their flight schedules from Abuja to Ilorin as well as Ilorin-Lagos.

The incident left so many passengers who were waiting to board the Air Peace flight to Lagos at 11am on Friday stranded.

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Most passengers, it was gathered resolved to travel by road why others returned home for fear of bad road network and insecurity.


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