Investigation has commenced into an incident involving a United Nigeria Airlines plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), has said.
The plane, an Embraer ERJ145, with registration number 5N-BWY, had on board 51 passengers and four crew members en route from Abuja to Lagos.
The incident was said to have occurred on Friday, September 8, 2023, at around 6:33 pm.
Tunji Oketunbi, director of public affairs and consumer protection at NSIB, in a statement on Saturday, said the aircraft, skidded off runway 18R after landing.
The bureau, however, said there were no injuries or fatalities reported.
Read the statement: “The NSIB, hereby, solicits information from the general public in the form of pictures, video, or recording evidence to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.
“The bureau can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org and NSIB_Nigeria on its social media platforms. The bureau can also be reached on its emergency line +234-807-709-0909.
“The NSIB will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and not assume the cause of the serious incident until the formal report is released.
“The NSIB is a multimodal investigation agency charged with the mandate to investigate transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria with the aim of identifying the probable causes and proffer safety recommendations that can prevent reoccurrence.
“The bureau will release the preliminary report soon”.
Speaking on the investigation, Oketunbi told said that the bureau had made progress.
Said he: “We are at the top of our game on this incident. We are waiting to ensure that crew members and passengers get all medical attention before we begin interrogation”.
This is not the first time the airline is overshooting the runway.
A United Nigeria Airlines plane with 50 passengers on board, and inbound Lagos from the airport in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, on May 31, 2023, skidded off runway 18L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 in Lagos.