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Ex president Obasanjo recounts his experience onboard the Ethiopian airline aircraft that escaped crash in Lagos

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An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft which took off from addis ababa experienced difficulties while attempting to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, but there was no threat to the lives of 394 passengers, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo that was on board the aircraft.

The former president was returning from a conference in Addis Ababa when the Ethiopian Airlines plane he boarded experienced difficulty in landing, which was caused by stormy weather and heavy rainfall.

The former president in an interview with premiumtimes, said he remained calm when the pilot was facing difficulties landing at the Lagos airport.

‘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. He touched the ground. Then he took off and apologised and landed again at about 12.30. We spent just about 10 minutes in the air before we landed again.

While it all happened, I was reading my papers. One man, who was next to me, said, ‘Oga you no worry?’ I said, ‘Íf I worry, what will I do? If you are on a plane and you have a situation like this, why should you worry?’ I left everything in the hands of God” he said

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