A three-man crew of a cargo aircraft belonging to a courier company, DHL yesterday escaped death when the plane crashed into a localizer (a landing instrument) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.
The identity of the crew members were not disclosed by airport officials, but it was learnt that they flew into Lagos from Accra, Ghana. The accident which disrupted flight operations at the premier airport occurred about 1 p.m. amid heavy downpour in Lagos.
The aircraft, a Boeing 727 over-ran the airport's 18L runway and damaged its nose. The cost of damage to the plane was put at $50,000 by the managing director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Rowland Iyayi.