A horrific scene was recorded today, May 7, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja as an airplane belonging to Max Air crash-landed before its tyre went up in flames.
Former President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Mike Ogirima, who confirmed the incident, said the tyre burst occurred after takeoff at Yola Airport.
Ogirima said operatives of Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Service (ARFFS) were already on ground at the airport when they arrived and helped put out the fire when the airplane crash-landed.
“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.
“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 passengers were safely disembarked from the runway and it was temporarily shut until the aircraft was evacuated.