XeJet Airlines plane skids off Lagos airport runway

Adebisi Aikulola
Adebisi Aikulola
XeJet Airlines

On Saturday, a XeJet Airlines plane veered off the runway at Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) in  Lagos.

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.

The bureau said the aircraft, which departed Abuja, skidded off runway 18L on landing in  Lagos, making a halt on “the grass verge.”

According to the agency, about 52 passengers were on board the ill-fated aircraft with the call sign 5NBZZ.

“NSIB confirms that an aircraft belonging to Xejet Airlines skidded off the runway at the domestic wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport this morning. A go team has been deployed to the site of the incident. Fire and rescue on the ground will help in the evacuation of the passengers, the statement reads.”

The bureau said the runway has been closed to traffic at the moment.

On September 1, 2023, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the air operator certificate (AOC) and air transport licence (AOL) of XeJet over the “inability to authenticate ” the airline’s insurance documents.

The authority said the suspension followed the inability of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to verify the authenticity of the aircraft insurance documents.

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