Concern Rises As Another Aircraft, Xejet Skids Off Lagos Airport Runway

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An Xejet aircraft arriving from Abuja to Lagos has skidded off the runway, raising concerns among stakeholders.

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) confirmed the development on Saturday.

Reports revealed the incident happened at 11:29 AM, Saturday, a development that informed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) shutting the Runway 18L of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

It was gathered that the aircraft, with registration 5N-BZZ, had 52 passengers on board, just as a fire and rescue team were on the ground to help in the evacuation of the passengers.

Confirming the incident, NSIB said: “An aircraft belonging to XeJet Airline skidded off the runway at the domestic wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport this morning. A go team has been deployed to the site of the incident.”

Recall that last month, Dana MD-82 aircraft was involved in a runway excursion incident.

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, in reaction ordered the suspension of the carrier for a comprehensive auditing, stating that no life of any Nigerian must be lost to carelessness.

After calling for the airline’s suspension, Keyamo had said: “The last thing I want to happen to me as Aviation Minister is to have blood on my hands. I mean the blood of innocent Nigerians caused by negligence or deep complicity of those who are supposed to be regulators of the aviation industry. As minister, my job is to supervise them, and to ensure they carry out their duties. My job is not to regulate.”