JUST IN : Plane crashes in Ilorin, as passengers escape death

Passengers disembarking from the Air Peace Airliner that overshot runway in PH (File copy)

Many passengers, including some highly-placed Nigerians, narrowly escaped death.

All flights to Ilorin have also been cancelled until the evacuation of the plane.

Air Peace began operation from Ilorin Airport on June 16.

According to an investigation, the aircraft crashed around 9.30 am on Friday morning upon landing in Ilorin from Abuja.

The plane had tyre burst and a bang which affected the cabin with luggage falling on passengers.

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It was gathered with the impact of the crash, the plane could not taxi to the tarmac.

In the last 24 hours, the runway of the airport had been closed to traffic.

But all the traumatised passengers were successfully evacuated from the runway.

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As at the time of filing this report, efforts were being made to relocate the plane from the runway.

It was learnt the process of moving the plane from the runway was slow because, according to a source, “it is a bigger aircraft and we have no equipment.

” We are in the process of removing the aircraft. We have been on it for 24 hours,” the source added.

But according to The Nation, the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other agencies offered to keep the incident under wraps.

“We were directed to manage the situation,” the source said.

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