Saturday, September 29, 2012

Flight Lands Safely After Tire Emergency: Qatar Airlines Airbus A330-300, A7-AEE, Flight QR-592 - Lagos, Nigeria

LAGOS: A Qatar airways flight from Doha safely made an emergency landing in the Nigerian economic capital Lagos on Saturday after encountering a problem with its tires, the civil aviation body said.

"The plane has landed safely," said Harold Demuren, the head of Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority. "We lost one of the tires... We are now towing the aircraft," at Murtala Mohammed International airport, he added.

He told AFP that no passengers were injured during the emergency landing and that one of the plane's tires had to be replaced.

Qatar Airways flight QR592, which Demuren said was an Airbus A330, was traveling the regular Doha-Lagos route and had reported the problem to Nigerian airport authorities, Demuren said.

The airline's online tracker said the flight arrived in Lagos at 2:29 pm (1329 GMT), but the plane touched down at least 30 minutes before that.

The website makes no mention of any incidents during the journey, saying only that flight QR592 had "arrived."

An McDonnell Douglas-83 operated by Dana Air plunged into a neighborhood near Lagos airport in June after reportedly suffering double engine failure.

The crash killed all 153 passenger and crew as well as at least six people on the ground.

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