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Qatar flight in Lagos emergency landing

2012-09-29 16:39

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 tyres, the civil aviation body said.

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

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

Qatar Airways flight QR592, which Demuren said was an Airbus A330, was travelling 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 14:29 (13:29 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 neighbourhood 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.

- Qatar Airways website.

Comments
  • indianajohn - 2012-09-29 17:33

    On Tuesday, a Syrian Airbus A320 was climbing out of Damascus when it was hit by a military helicopter which tore off half the Airbus' vertical stabilizer. The helicopter crashed, the Airbus somehow landed safely. On Friday, a Nepalese Dornier crashed shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, killing all on board. And yet you choose to report on THIS story, a total, utter non-event, something that happens somewhere in the world daily, and presents very little (if any) danger to passengers. Brilliant.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-09-29 17:36

    They killed them on purpose!!!!!!!!! it was never an accident.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 19:47

    Hah i like this...etihad, emirates, turkish and qatar cant operate in west africa profitably due to geographic disadvantage noticed by the usage of tiny A330 long haul jet. Time for Arik to do africa proud and fill the vacuum quickly while greasly giants colonial airlines are crippling with debt.

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-09-30 11:38

    @indianajohn: While this is hardly a major incident it is part of the Qatar Airlines problems. Having flown twice now through Doha I have struck out both occasions and had no apologies or refunds and been treated while in their transit section with total disdain and utter rudeness from the officials who were on duty. I cannot fault their inflight service and planes but have told my children never to route me through Doha ever again. Perhaps this report stems from the fact that these kind of incidences happen frequently on Qatar Airlines and the aircrew are only as good as the staff on the ground at Doha which is their Ops central. I have twice missed flights with no explanation from anyone as to why and absolutely appalling treatment in the transit section in Doha in particular. On the 2nd occasion two women were left attempting to deal with people from all corners of the globe whose seats had been given to earlier passengers because of a sandstorm delay prior to our arrival. There was a near riot as about 600 people tried to discover what the problem was and why they had been turned away from the boarding gates despite having boarding tickets. The women kept brteaking down and screaming or disappearing into the depths of the offices without explanations being forthcoming. The disorganisation had to be experienced to be believed. We had a Media rep from both SA and UAE amongst our number who filmed the whole chaotic situation.

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