- What could have been a serious tragedy ended up as a mishap around Delta state on Wednesday, January 12
- This happened when an Arik Air plane's gear failed and crashlanded in the south-south region of Nigeria
- The news was confirmed on Wednesday by one of Nollywood's stars, Uche Elendu, who boarded the aircraft
An Arik Air aircraft en route to Asaba from Lagos on Wednesday, January 12, crash-landed at somewhere around the Delta state capital.
Confirming the incident, a of Nollywood’s actresses, Uche Elendu, revealed that she was one of those who escaped death in the flight.
Elendu said the aircraft crashlanded when the gear failed just 10 minutes away from the Asaba airport.
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The actress went on to disclose that the pilot was trying to return to Lagos before the near-death development happened.
She wrote on her Instagram page:
Military plane crash: NAF finally breaks silence, reveals why young pilots are allowed to Army chief, others
Meanwhile, barely one week after a plane crash killed the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers on Friday, May 21, the Nigerian Air Force had reacted to the controversy surrounding the age of the pilot.
The NAF said the capability of its pilots should not be called into question despite the recent NAF plane crashes in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that a NAF Beechcraft King Air 350i had crashed at the Kaduna civil airport after the pilot diverted from the military airport due to bad weather.
The NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet, however, said the flight captain who flew the ill-fated military plane, Taiwo Asaniyi, was a Flying Lieutenant with thousands of flying hours.
He said the late pilot and some of his colleagues, including the pilot who flies the president, had been flying since they were cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
According to him, the pilots’ qualifications and capabilities should never be called into question, adding that most of them had flown more hours than even many seniors.