Plane lands safely in Nigeria after emergency
on 29/09/2012 20:18:51
The Airbus 330 aircraft, carrying 148 passengers and 14 crew members, landed in Lagos just after 1pm local time (1200 Irish Time) with no-one on board suffering any injuries, state emergency management director Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Qatar Airways said the flight's pilot noticed that one of the 10 tyres on the aircraft had low pressure after taking off from Doha early this morning.
The airline said the pilot did not declare an emergency over the tyre, though local officials claimed the pilot had.
Firefighting equipment and emergency workers stood by for the aircraft's landing at Lagos's Murtala Muhammed International Airport, said Harold Demuren, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Images of the aircraft after its landing showed the tyre had peeled away from the landing gear. Those on board later said they had no idea the flight had any problem until after it landed.
Foreign carriers flying into Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, have had problems before, including arriving at airports and finding their runway lights. In one case involving an Air France flight in 2005, a plane tore through a herd of cattle which had somehow found its way on to a runway at Port Harcourt's international airport.
Local air carriers in Nigeria remain plagued by funding problems and allegations of corruption in the country.
In June, a Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed just before landing, killing more than 160 people. Recently, the nation's top carrier, Arik Air, suspended flights over what it claimed was government interference and corruption by the nation's aviation minister. The airline has resumed its flights.