Accident Investigation Bureau Reacts to Rumoured Plane Crash at Ilorin Airport

Accident Investigation Bureau Reacts to Rumoured Plane Crash at Ilorin Airport

  • The Accident Investigation Bureau has disclosed why it decided not to investigate the circumstances surrounding a burst tyre at the Ilorin Airport
  • A spokesperson for the bureau discredited reports suggesting that a serious accident occurred at the airport
  • The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria is yet to release any official statement concerning the incident

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Ilorin, Kwara state - Reports claiming that an aircraft in the fleet of one of the major airlines in the country crash-landed on the runway of the Ilorin International Airport have been dismissed by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Punch reported that that plane’s tyres blew off after landing at the Ilorin Airport in Kwara state on Friday, July 23.

Accident Investigation Bureau Dismisses Reports of Rumoured Plane Crash at Ilorin Airport
AIB said there was no crash in any airport in the country. Photo: Murtala Muhammed International Airport - Lagos Airport - Nigeria
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The newspaper stated that the incident happened when the aircraft was taxiing to the parking bay at the airport.

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However, a spokesperson for the airline, Stanley Olise, told the newspaper that the tyre has been fixed and the aircraft has been moved from the runway.

Also confirming the incident, the Accident Investigation Bureau, the investigating body in charge of all aviation-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria, said there was no plane crash.

AIB confirms burst tyre on landing

A spokesperson for the AIB, Tunji Oketumbi, explained that the aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing.

He said:

‘’Yes. It happened yesterday. AIB Safety investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided not to investigate. The aeroplane has been released to the operator.
The delay in opening the airport is down to the recovery of the aeroplane from the runway by FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) and Airpeace.''

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Meanwhile, following the July 6 deadline issued by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for the importation verification exercise, some owners of private jets in the country may soon lose their license for flight.

The NCS spokesman, Joseph Attah, on Monday, June 21, disclosed that since Nigerian owners of private jets are highly-placed, they are expected to comply with laws governing the importation of the aircraft such as payments of all appropriate duties and taxes, Daily Trust reported.

Attah said those who are yet to do the needful are expected to report to the service's headquarters in Abuja with the following documents: Aircraft Certificate of Registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate (FOCC), NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate (MCC), NCAA’s Permit for non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) and Temporary Import Permit (TIP).


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