Obasanjo Recounts Ordeal Aboard Nearly Crashed Ethiopian Airline
olusegun OBASANJO narrates ordeal

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, narrated his experience on board a Boeing 777-300, Ethiopian Airline flight, which narrowly escaped crashing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The airplane carrying about 394 passengers nearly overran the runway at first attempt to land.

He said: I remained calm and read papers while the scary situation occurred.
“While it all happened, I was reading my papers.

“One man, who was next to me, said, ‘Oga you no worry?’ I said, ‘If I worry, what should I do? If you are on a plane and you have a situation like this, why should you worry?’ So, I left everything in the hands of God.”

Obasanjo, was said to be returning from a stakeholders’ meeting on Continental Trade and Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) which had ended on Tuesday, May 28, in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.


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“I was on the 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 elder statesman recalled.

According to him, 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.

Meanwhile, the Airline has said bad weather was responsible for the near mishap.