Breaking: Private jet with VIPs onboard crash-lands in Ibadan

Breaking: Private jet with VIPs onboard crash-lands in Ibadan

A private jet, with 10 persons onboard, including Very Important Personalities (VIPs) has crash-landed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to reports, the jet crash landed on Friday around 11 am at the Samuel Ladoke Akintola Airport.

The jet with registration number, N580KR, missed the runway into the nearby bush.

Meanwhile, firefighters and rescue officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were immediately deployed to the scene.

However, there was no death or casualty recorded.

“It was a private plane from Abuja. It landed safely but overshot the runway. There was no casualty,” a spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Carol Adekotujo, told our correspondent over the phone.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, Tunji Oketunmbi, said he would revert but he was yet to do so as of press time.

Recall that, in November, the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, escaped death when a plane he was on board crash-landed at the same airport.

On November 4, 2023, Adelabu,12 other passengers and flight crew narrowly escaped a tragic fate as their HS 125 aircraft, bearing nationality and registration marks 5N-AMM, operated by Flint Aero crashed.

The incident occurred at approximately 08:21 p.m, after the aircraft departed Abuja at 6:41 p.m on the same day.

After the incident, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, initiated an inquest to unravel the cause of the crash.

In December 2023, the NSIB revealed that the operators of the private jet, Flints Aero Services Ltd lacked essential night flight experience.

The report partly reads: “The flight crew were licensed and qualified to conduct the flight and the Captain had 49 night flying hours only.

“The aircraft had a valid Certificate of Airworthiness and was programmed for an RNAV approach using the autopilot, which was cleared by the ATC.

“The aircraft touched down in the grass verge on the extended centreline of the runway, about 220 meters from the threshold and veered progressively right of centreline runway 22 on entering the paved area until a point 156 meters from the runway threshold, crossed the right runway shoulder and entered the grass verge.

“There was no evidence of braking action from the tyre tracks on the runway. Post-incident inspection of the aircraft confirmed substantial damage to the fuselage, the landing gear, and flaps.

“The passengers disembarked without any injury while the Cockpit Voice Recorder, CVR, and Flight Data Recorder, FDR, were recovered in good condition and recordings were intact after the occurrence.

“Flints Aero Services Limited was issued with a Permit for Non-Commercial Flight, PNCF. The PNCF issued to Flint Aero Services Limited stipulates that the aircraft shall not be used for carriage of passenger(s), cargo or mail for hire or reward.”

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