BA Plane Unable to Land in Lagos, Diverts to Abuja
By Samuel Famakinwa and Crusoe Osagie, 07.25.2005
A British Airways aircraft from London last night had to be diverted from Lagos to Abuja due to inability of the plane to land safely at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
The British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, was said to possess very huge landing gears and therefore too big to land on the Lagos Airport runway, which has experienced no less than five landing mishaps in the last few months.
Though other smaller aircraft could land on the runway larger ones in the league of Boeing 747 will be risking a major disaster if they dare to land on the Lagos runway.
The runway is said to have degenerated rapidly due to the repeated crash landings that have occurred on it in the last three months. About three weeks ago a cargo plane belonging to Almiron Aviation of Uganda overshot the runway; the same thing happened to Lufthansa German Airlines last Saturday.
A British Airways spokesman who confirmed the development to THISDAY yesterday explained that it was to ensure the safety of their passengers that the had to divert the plane to Abuja, stating that it was a risk too much to take if they attempted to land the aircraft in Lagos.
However some of the passengers to leave for London last night on the BA
flight had to be taken to Abuja on a chartered Aero contractors flight, which will also bring some of the Lagos bound passengers who were on board the diverted BA
flight to Lagos.
He added that the diverted aircraft was not able to fly out last night due to what he described as crew repositioning and so the crew that will fly the aircraft will arrive this morning on another BA
Some passengers who did not travel last night will go on another flight that will take off today.