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Narrow Escape: Plane Slides off Lagos Airport Runway, Miraculously Avoiding Tragedy


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Plane Skids Off Runway at Murtala Muhammed International Airport

On a rainy Friday evening at around 6:48pm, a plane belonging to United Nigerian airline with registration number 5NBWY encountered a frightening incident at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The aircraft skidded off the runway while attempting to land in the midst of heavy rainfall.

The situation prompted the temporary closure of the airfield, ensuring the safety of all passengers and crew members. However, at 8:10 p.m., the airport was reopened for operations.

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Safe Evacuation of Passengers

Thankfully, there were no casualties reported as a result of the incident. The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there were 51 passengers and four crew members on board the United Nigerian airline flight.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the agency stated, “A United Nigerian Airline with registration number 5NBWY skidded off the local runway while trying to land under a very high rainfall at about 6:48pm. All passengers were successfully evacuated without any casualties. The airspace has now been reopened for operations.”

Resuming Normal Operations

With the prompt and efficient evacuation of all individuals on board, the focus shifted towards reopening the airspace for regular operations. The airport authorities worked diligently to ensure that the necessary safety measures were in place before resuming flights.

Passengers and crew members were provided with the necessary support and assistance during the evacuation process. The professionalism and quick response of the airline staff and emergency personnel played a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone involved.

Lessons Learned

Incidents like these serve as a reminder of the importance of safety protocols and preparedness in the aviation industry. The ability to handle unexpected situations with efficiency and effectiveness is crucial in ensuring the well-being of passengers and crew members.

It is commendable that the United Nigerian airline and the airport authorities were able to swiftly respond to the incident and ensure the safe evacuation of all individuals involved. This incident will undoubtedly lead to a thorough review of safety procedures and measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.


The skidding of the United Nigerian airline plane at Murtala Muhammed International Airport serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of aviation. However, it also highlights the importance of preparedness and the dedication of airline staff and emergency personnel in ensuring the safety of passengers and crew members.

As the aviation industry continues to evolve, incidents like these provide valuable lessons that contribute to the ongoing improvement of safety measures and protocols. The swift response and successful evacuation in this particular incident demonstrate the effectiveness of these measures and the commitment of all involved to prioritize the well-being of those on board.

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Tomas Hulman
Tomas Hulman
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