Nigerian priest, 199 others escape crash after flight develops fault midair

Nigerian priest, 199 others escape crash after flight develops fault midair

- A Nigerian priest has narrated how he and 199 passengers escaped plane crash after their flight developed fault midair

- Priest Precious Uwagbai revealed that the flight had developed faults hours after takeoff

- The man of God is thankful to God for saving him and other travellers

Tragedy was averted on Saturday, January 5 after a South Africa Airline flight developed technical fault midair and was forced to empty some fuel on an island.

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Recounting what happened, Nigerian pries identified as Precious Uwagbai who was one of the travellers in the plane said: “A South African Airline with Flight number SA184 just escaped a plane crash now, 5th January 2019, with over 200 passengers onboard.

We had taken off and were airborne for over 2 and half hours when the pilot announced that there is a technical fault and that we should remain calm.

We lost our calm when the plane began to shake on air so the pilot had to jettison some fuel over a deserted island so as to avert any fire outbreak Incase of crash landing.

We were airborne for over 4hrs before we finally had a tough landing at Johannesburg international Airport in South Africa."

Speaking on how the passengers were rescued, the priest went on to say that "the men of the firefighters service came to our rescue as we landed in a deserted area of the airport and waited for almost 30mins for the rescue team to get us by bus back to the Airport terminal.

All we have to say is thanks to God for preserving our lives. I am Priest Precious and in the company of 82yrs old Mehdi jaffer and his wife.”

In a video shared on social media, the priest is seen addressing passengers on the flight even as they thank God for saving their lives.

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The fighter helicopter, an Mi-35M, which had on board; Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob - pilot in command, Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas - co-pilot, Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim - flight technician, Lance Corporal Adamu Nura - gunner and aircraftman Meshack Ishmael - gunner, was reported to have crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno state. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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