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Minister, others survive plane crash in Oyo

The crashed site. | Photo: Saharareporters

 Private plane conveying Tinubu’s Minister of Power, entourage crash-lands in Oyo

By Valentine Amanze

President Bola Tinubu’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has survived plane crash along with three cabin crews and seven passengers.

They were said to be cruising in a private aircraft, with registration number 5N-AMM, when it crash-landed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to SaharaReporters, the incident occurred on Friday evening, while the three cabin-crew and the seven passengers were all rescued from the damaged aircraft.

It was also gathered on Saturday morning that the aircraft was still in the bush at runway 22.

SaharaReporters reported: “At about 0825hrs of 03/11/2023, an aircraft with registration number 5N-AMM that convey the incumbent minister of power, Abdul Waheed Adebayo Adelabu, and his entourage crash-landed along runway 22 and skid off the runway into a nearby bush.

“The control tower reported on radio that he lost communication with the just landed aircraft and immediately called on the ARFFS, the AVSEC and other needed airport officials reported almost immediately to the scene.

“The 3 cabin crews and the 7 Passengers were all rescued from the damaged aircraft. All efforts to get details from the pilot proved abortive. Also at the scene were the NAF airport commandant and his team.

“As at time the of filling this report, the aircraft is still in the bush at runway 22 while the security personnel of both AVSEC, ARFFS, Airport Safety team and NAF team were on standby for cover.”

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Officials told SaharaReporters that after a “brief emergency meeting with the HODs on ground”, the findings were that there was no loss of life.

“The runway lighting system was on as at the time of the Arrival. There was no life lost. We could not ascertain the cause of the incident as at the point of filling this report. The Aircraft skid off the runway. In conclusion we are awaiting further Investigation,” an official said.

The crash rekindles the call for providing security and maintaining other means of transportation and saving cost.

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