A private aircraft, with registration number 5N-AMM, conveying the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu and his entourage, crash-landed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Friday evening.
However, there was no casualty as three cabin crews and the seven passengers were all rescued.
A preliminary report on the incident released on Saturday morning noted that the aircraft was still in the bush at runway 22.
“At about 0825hrs of 03/11/2023, an aircraft with registration number 5N-AMM that convey the incumbent minister of power, Abdul Waheed Adebayo Adelabu, and his entourage crash-landed along runway 22 and skid off the runway into a nearby bush.
“The control tower reported on radio that he lost communication with the just landed aircraft and immediately called on the ARFFS, the AVSEC and other needed airport officials reported almost immediately to the scene.
“The 3 cabin crews and the 7 Passengers were all rescued from the damaged aircraft. All efforts to get details from the pilot proved abortive. Also at the scene were the NAF airport commandant and his team.
“As at time the of filling this report, the aircraft is still in the bush at runway 22 while the security personnel of both AVSEC, ARFFS, Airport Safety team and NAF team were on standby for cover,” the report said.
Private jet conveying Minister of Power, Adelabu crash-lands
By Francis Ugwu
An aircraft with Adebayo Adelabu, Minister of Power, on board has crash-landed near the Ibadan Airport in Oyo State.
Daily Trust reports that the incident happened on Friday night.
The paper said it could not state if the minister or those on board sustained any injury in the incident.
According to the report, the aircraft had departed from Abuja.
The chartered aircraft, Flint Short Aero, an HS 125 with the registration number 5N-AMM, was also said to have had an initial contact with the control tower at 18:56 seeking an extension, which was granted by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
However, the aircraft landed short of the threshold by about 50 metres and skidded into a bushy ditch close to the runway.
The incident happened after the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NiMET, issued a travel warning based on hazy weather.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had also advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather as the dry season approaches.
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, is yet to issue any official statement about the incident.
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