By Emmanuel Nduka
An Embraer ERJ145 aircraft belonging to local carrier – United Nigeria Airlines, with 51 passengers and four crew members onboard, on Friday skidded off the Runway of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The aircraft which was en-route Lagos from Abuja, missed track on landing on Runway 18R of the Lagos Airport.
The aircraft has Nationality and Registration number – 5N-BWY.
NSIB Commences Investigation
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) says it has been notified of the incident, and has since commenced investigation into the serious incident “involving an Embraer ERJ145 with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BWY belonging to United Nigeria Airlines, which occurred around 06:33pm (Local Time) on 7th September, 2023”.
While noting that there was no injury or fatality in the aircraft, the NSIB stated that it is soliciting “information from the general public in form of pictures, video or recording evidences to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation”.
“The Bureau can be reached through [email protected] 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 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,” a statement issued on Saturday by Tunji Oketunbi, for Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB stated.