Sunday 5 November 2023

Jet Conveying Minister, His Entourage Crashes..I’m In Good Spirits’ – Adelabu Says

A private aircraft, with registration number 5N-AMM, conveying the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu and his entourage, has crash-landed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

It was learnt that the incident occurred on Friday evening, while the three cabin crews and the seven passengers were all rescued from the damaged aircraft.

A preliminary report on the incident obtained on Saturday morning noted that the aircraft was still in the bush at runway 22.

“At about 0825hrs of 03/11/2023, an aircraft with registration number 5N-AMM that convey the incumbent minister of power, Abdul Waheed Adebayo Adelabu, and his entourage crash-landed along runway 22 and skid off the runway into a nearby bush.

“The control tower reported on radio that he lost communication with the just landed aircraft and immediately called on the ARFFS, the AVSEC and other needed airport officials reported almost immediately to the scene.

“The 3 cabin crews and the 7 Passengers were all rescued from the damaged aircraft. All efforts to get details from the pilot proved abortive. Also at the scene were the NAF airport commandant and his team.

“As at time the of filling this report, the aircraft is still in the bush at runway 22 while the security personnel of both AVSEC, ARFFS, Airport Safety team and NAF team were on standby for cover,” the report said.

Officials said that after a “brief emergency meeting with the HODs on ground”, the findings were that there was no loss of life.

“The runway lighting system was on as at the time of the Arrival. There was no life lost. We could not ascertain the cause of the incident as at the point of filling this report. The Aircraft skid off the runway. In conclusion we are awaiting further Investigation,” an official said.

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu on Saturday allayed fears about his safety following Friday’s air crash near the Ladoke Akintola Airport in Ibadan, Oyo State.

A source close to the Minister told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that Adelabu was in good spirits and not perturbed by the incident.

It was gathered that a private aircraft which had the minister and some of his aides on board crash-landed near the airport late Friday evening.

”The minister feels the incident is not something to worry about. It was actually a minor thing, and that is how he has taken it,” an aide of Adelabu, who asked to stay anonymous, said.

The aide further told NAN that the minister was particularly not worried by the incident because it did not involve any of the passengers leaving with any injury.

”Everyone on board the aircraft when the incident happened actually alighted without any problem, and we have no cause to worry,” the aide added.

The aircraft had departed Abuja with Ibadan as its destination, but landed about 50 metres short of the threshold and skidded into a ditch close to the runway.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, in a statement issued on Saturday, said it had commenced investigation into the cause of the incident.

“On the accident involving an aircraft operated by Flint Aero which occured at the Samuel Ladoke Akintola Airport Ibadan, please be informed that the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced investigation into the cause.

“Our investigators are on site and further information will be provided as soon as possible,” NSIB said in the statement issued by its Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr James Odaudu.

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