- A multimillion naira aeroplane belonging to First Nation airline was seen being towed along Oshodi-Agege Motor road on Tuesday
- The disused plane was said to have bought at N50 million after a third party sold it to recover part of his investment in the company
- There were speculations about what happened to the plane but the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the plane was being towed to a destination in Oyo State
An unidentified buyer has bought a grounded First Nation Airbus A320 jet as scrap for an undisclosed amount.
According to the Punch, the development came about four years after the airline was grounded for technical reasons after the company went under.
The disused plane was sold to yet to be identified buyer and was seen been towed to Oyo State along Oshodi-Agege Motor Road on Tuesday, May 25, 2022.
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Excitement, doubts greets towed plane
Sources at the airport said the buyer intends to convert the plane to a restaurant.
Onlookers were filled with excitement as they saw the plane being towed along the busy road which caused heavy gridlock on Tuesday night.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) dispelled the rumour in a statement that the plane crashed.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would like to inform the general public to disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja airport. The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination.”
According to the Punch, the aircraft was sold by a third to the buyer in Oyo.
The third party went to court to get an injunction to sell the plane so as to recover his costs.
FG's drive to ride nation's airports of unserviceable planes
It is estimated that the plane was sold for N50 million after the engine and other electronics on the plane had been removed.
FAAN has been championing the idea of riding Nigerian airports of disused and unserviceable planes.
First Nation has not flown in the past four years.
There were no comments from the Managing Director, First Nation, Mr Kayode Odukoya as his telephone line did not connect.
Drama at Lagos Airport, activities on hold, flights diverted over corpse found on runway
Legit.ng has reported that the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was temporarily shut in the early hours of Thursday, May 19, after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R of the nation’s flagship airport.
The identity of the corpse could not be ascertained, The Punch reports.
Also, it could not be established whether the dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.