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Air Peace crash lands at Ilorin airport

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Air Peace, a privately owned airline on Saturday crash landed
on the runway of the Ilorin International Airport.

The development has forced the closure of airport to pave way for evacuation.

Passengers in the plane escaped narrowly and are in panic mood.

Nobody was reported to have been hurt as a result of the incident, while all flights to Ilorin have also been canceled until the evacuation of the plane.

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According to investigation, the aircraft crashed around 9.30am on Friday morning upon landing in Ilorin from Abuja.

The plane had tyre burst and a bang which affected the cabin with luggage falling on passengers.

It was gathered with the impact of the crash, the plane could not taxi to the tarmac.

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In the last 24 hours, the runway of the airport had been closed to traffic.

But all the traumatised passengers were successfully evacuated from the runway.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts were being made to relocate the plane from the runway.

It was learnt the process of moving the plane from the runway was slow because, according to a source, “it is a bigger aircraft and we have no equipment.

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”We are in the process of removing the aircraft. We have been on it for 24 hours,” the source added.

But the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) and other agencies offered to keep the incident under wraps.

“We were directed to manage the situation,” the source said.

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