Our reporter/ Max Air aircraft from Yola, Adamawa state crash-landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday.
The incident occurred after the plane’s tyre burst into flames on landing.
Faithful Hope-Ivbaz, spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), confirmed the incident to reporters, but declined to give further details.
The Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Service (ARFFS) at the airport reportedly put out the fire while the passengers were safely disembarked from the plane.
The runway has been temporarily shut until the evacuation of the aircraft.
Mike Ogirima, former president of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), who witnessed the incident, said the tyre burst occurred after takeoff at Yola Airport.
“We thank God. We are still on the runway and pilot has reassured us. He has called for the stairs and we are now disembarking from the runway to be evacuated to the airport building at the arrival hall,” Ogirima was quoted as saying.
“We bless God because we have witnessed the pull out of the tyre right from the airport in Yola and we went into prayer session. I never announced it as a surgeon so as not to cause any panic but we bless God.”
The airline is yet to issue an official statement on the incident.
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