No fewer than 135 passengers on board Azman Air, yesterday, escaped death after the Boeing 737 plane failed two consecutive times to land at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano.
The airplane, which left Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos at exactly 11.30p.m., attempted to touch down in Kano at about 12.55a.m. before it was overwhelmed by turbulent wind.
An employee of the airline said passengers’ lives were at risk.
“It was a narrow escape and a risk at the same time. The pilot made two attempts to land and failed two times. That was really risky,” he said.
One of the passengers, Nura Aminu, told The Guardian the pilot announced that he was having difficulty to land due to heavy wind and promised to manage the situation.
“Later, he told us the flight had received signal from the towers to land. Unfortunately, the wind was still very heavy when the instructions were given,” Aminu said.
“We spent more than 20 minutes on air. What would have happened if there was no fuel in the plane? We thank God,” he said.
It was learnt that the plane was later diverted to Abuja, where it landed at exactly 2:00a.m. This was after an attempt to land at the Kaduna Airport also failed due to total darkness.