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Close Shave: Plane Carrying Obasanjo, Others Struggles to Land In Lagos Storm


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo narrowly avoided a potential plane crash on Wednesday at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Obasanjo was among the 393 passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-901, which encountered difficulty while attempting to land.

The flight, which had departed Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa at 9:10 am Ethiopian time (7 am Nigerian time), experienced a smooth journey until its final approach to Lagos.

A report from the News Agency of Nigeria says heavy rain and strong winds caused the pilot to overshoot the runway’s first touchline, landing instead on the third touchline.

The pilot promptly took the aircraft back into the air, circling the Lagos area and nearby Ogun State for about 20 minutes before successfully landing.

Passengers and crew members were reportedly panicked during the incident, but the plane eventually touched down safely.


Only recently, the former president had praised the services of Nigerian airline Air Peace. In a now-viral video shared by the airline, Obasanjo commended the customer service during his flights from Lagos to London and back.

The video shows Obasanjo conversing with Nnenna Onyema, daughter of Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema, where he expressed his satisfaction with the airline’s service.

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