Paper alleges cover up of Lagos plane crash

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's privately-owned "Thisday" newspaper has alleged a cover-up of a non-fatal crash involving a plane owned by a local airline, Chrome Air, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
In a front-page story Sunday, the paper said the May accident was not reported to the appropriate authorities.
It claimed that the accident occurred when a Chrome Air's HF-125 executive jet approaching the airport from the northern city of Yola ran of fuel mid-air, forcing the engines to shut down.
"But the pilots, Capt.
Wale Salami and Capt.
Yinka Mobe were able to manoeuvre the aircraft into the vicinity of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, crash-landing almost one kilometre to the runway and destroying three approach lights which dented the wings of the aircraft," the paper said.
The crew and passengers escaped unhurt.
The paper further alleged that within hours and without notifying the Control Towers and officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chrome Air's personnel towed the aircraft to the hangar of the defunct Concord Airlines.
Authorities were expected to react to the allegation, which could impact on the airport's security.
A plane operated by another local airline, Eagle Air, crashed in the northern city of Maiduguri 23 January 2001 while ferrying editors of the newspaper to the city.
All the passengers escaped unhurt in the highly-publicised crash.

02 september 2001 17:02:00

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