Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has confirmed that he was on an Ethiopian Airline flight that nearly crashed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday, May 29.
Confining to Premium Times, Obasanjo said he remained calm and read papers while the scary situation occurred.
The director general of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, was also said to have been on the plane.
Also reported to have been on the plane was Professor Samson Tunde Adebayo as well as scores of Nigerians and other nationals.
Obasanjo further recounted his experience on the plane:
I was on Ethiopian Airline. Rain just came down heavily. “The pilot thought he could land. And he landed. He touched down. But I think he took a swift decision that he had to take off again.
So he took off. If he did not, I think he probably would have overrun the runway. He then apologised and said he would try to land again. He tried again, and we landed safely. And we all clapped.
The former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo, said the pilot first landed the plane at about 12:20 p.m. before the incident, but finally landed safely on return at 12:30 p.m.