Cracked wind­shield forces Over­land’s mid-air de­tour

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Agabi, La­gos & Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

An Over­land air­craft with some Abuja-bound na­tional con­fer­ence del­e­gates in­clud­ing for­mer na­tional pres­i­dent of the Nigeria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) Mr. Lanre Ogundipe which took off from Ibadan early yes­ter­day was forced to fly back and make an emer­gency land­ing in La­gos as a re­sult of a bro­ken wind­shield, air­port au­thor­i­ties told our cor­re­spon­dents yes­ter­day.

Flight 1170 op­er­ated by Over­land with an ATR-42 air­craft left Ibadan en route Abuja. Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA) spokesman, Supo Ato­batele said the pi­lot while air­borne no­ticed some cracks on the wind­shield and sub­se­quently re­quested to di­vert the air­craft to La­gos (be­ing the base of the air­line) to al­low for change of plane for the pas­sen­gers.

“The plane was air­borne around 9.42 am and di­verted by 8.57am, land­ing in La­gos at 9.43 am”, he said, adding that the di­ver­sion was pre­cau­tion­ary and con­forms with ba­sic in­dus­try safety norms. 42 pas­sen­gers and six crew mem­bers were on­board the air­craft.

“We were mid-way in the Niger State airspace when the air­craft’s wind­shield got bro­ken and the pi­lot made a de­tour to La­gos,” a pas­sen­ger told news­men. ExNUJ pres­i­dent Mr. Ogundipe also said the air­craft along with the pas­sen­gers were still at a hangar at the Mur­tala Muhammed Air­port in La­gos at the time of fil­ing in this re­port.

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