A plane operated by XeJet Airline encountered a runway excursion at the domestic wing of Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport. Similar incident happened involving a Dana Air aircraft, not more than two months ago.

Fortunately, there were no casualties reported, as stated by XeJet Airline in a brief announcement. The aircraft, identified as an Embraer 145 with registration 5N-BZZ and operated on behalf of NG Eagle Airlines, skidded off the runway upon landing at approximately 12:29 hrs.

The flight, originating from Abuja, had 52 individuals on board. In response to the incident, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Board (NSIB) swiftly dispatched a team to the scene to investigate further.

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, instructed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend XeJet Airline in light of the event. He mandated an audit of Dana Air, encompassing safety protocols, maintenance procedures, and financial health to ensure adherence to aviation regulations.

The directive, outlined in a letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Emmanuel Meribole, underscores the priority of passenger safety and necessitates a thorough evaluation of airlines’ operational compliance within the aviation sector.