Passengers Escape Death As Power Cut Stops Arik Plane From Landing In Uyo

Published 5 years ago by: franel
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at 03:22 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)

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«§» 23 June 2013

What could have amounted to another major air disaster in the country was averted on Friday evening when an Arik aircraft aborted landing at Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital barely about 500 meters from the tarmac due to power cut at the airport.



The sudden power outage forced the pilot to hurriedly terminate his landing plan and fly back to the sky where it hovered for about 30 minutes before flying back to Abuja because the person to turn on the alternative power source was not available.

The passengers on Arik Flight W3 533, including the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi odinkalu, and some unnamed federal lawmakers, said to be heading to Uyo for a retreat.

Mr Odinkalu confirmed the incident to Premium Times. Contacted on the telephone early this morning, he said, “Thank God we survived. If it had been a rainy night with thunderstorm, anything could have happened to us. Some people need to answer questions over that incident.”

The flight, originally scheduled for 6:25 pm, left Abuja at about 7 pm. It returned to Abuja at 9: 35 pm. after hovering in the sky for over 30 minutes in expectation that authorities at the Uyo airport would be able to light the runway to enable it to land.

This incident appears to confirm reports of probes by aviation authorities into air crashes in the country which have blamed most of them on avoidable human errors.

The Nigeria’s Aviation Investigation Bureau (AIB) had in some of its reports blamed avoidable human errors and dereliction of duty by public officials working in the aviation sector as major reasons for the loss of hundreds of lives in air crashes in Nigeria.

The bureau, which is saddled with the responsibility of investigating air accidents in the country, stated these in its reports after the crashes involving two airlines, Sky Executive Aviation Services (SEAS) and Sosoliso airline in 2002 and 2005 respectively.

Some of the human errors identified by the AIB as causes of plane crashes include non-lightening of runways and airfields (as it happened last night), poorly constructed drainage culverts, inaccurate information by the control tower, lack of proper certification of radio operators and poor supervision of aircraft imported into the country.

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merion at 05:50 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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scary  Shocked
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Chimykev at 05:54 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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God is gud

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eddybabs at 05:55 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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What a useless country with useless leaders...hissss
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odprince at 05:58 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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shameless peoples...when you put aboki men in every position in the country,,,what do you aspect of them?aboki have been in the seat for 47yrs...what did we get?NO...at the end of it,,they bring out boko harams to kill other Nigerians...God help us..
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HOPEA23 at 06:06 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Nawo ... Na everything Naija just dey carry F+++... Nawooo.. Repair road una nor won do... Nawo oo I nor like to dey feel pity for all these Naija leaders self.. Whatever

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dickman2 at 06:15 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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nawa oooh..
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Rwangee at 07:19 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Shld thk God
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geraldduruike at 07:29 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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WHAT IS TRYING TO HAPPEN AGAIN,GOD FORBID..MAKE THE AUTHORITY SANITIZED THE AIR FIELD OPERATING IN OUR BELOVED NIGERIA..LIFE DOES NOT HAVE DUPLICATE MOSTLY FALLING FROM AIR,NEVER KNOW THE DESTINATION,less the life risky in our country..Nigeria.
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latuak at 07:33 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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imagine ''the person to turn on d alternative was not available'' where d hell did he go to?Huh? Stupidity of the highest order. He/she ought to be on suspension for two years
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paulohking at 08:00 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Thank God for sparing lives o
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ebiteck at 08:08 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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thank God nothing happened
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osamabinladin at 08:09 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Thank God !
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jane4real at 08:10 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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thank God for their lives.
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fifibells at 08:38 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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We bless God!
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ezchusa at 08:39 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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hmmm

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schmit at 09:05 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Thank God nothing happened oo
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Horpsy at 10:02 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Thank God
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etibaba at 11:46 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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Planes should be well checked b4 taking off.

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rubben2010 at 11:47 AM, 23/06/2013 (5 years ago)
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thank God for safe landing.....................but what is wrong with that black Nig govt Huh? Huh?
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