Air Force Plane Crash Land Near Akwa Ibom Airport.
Huhuonline.com can disclose that a Nigerian Air force plane crash-landed, Friday, near the Akwa Ibom International Airport. An eyewitness revealed that the two occupants (pilot and co-pilot) walked out of the airplane unharmed, but were immediately taken to
the hospital for observation.
Our finding shows the that plane was among seven Air force planes that were undergoing routine test flight, when it suddenly developed problem and crash-landed some 1,100meters from the Airport.
Excerpt from a statement issued by Capt. Jari Williams,Managing Director/CEO Ibom Airport Development Company Limited, reads, 'On Friday 28th October, 2011, seven NAF airplanes departed MEIA enroute AKIA out of which six (06) landed safely. Unfortunately, at 19.09hours, one of the aircraft with two (02) pilots on board crash landed 1,100 meters from Runway 21'.
'The AKIA aerodrome rescue and fire fighting safety team on activation responded promptly to the incident'.
'Meanwhile, no damage to the AKIA facilities has been recorded. The two (02) pilots are hale and hearty and currently under observation as a matter of procedure'.
'The NAF investigation team is on site and investigation is on-going'.
'In a swift reaction, the Management of AKIA have notified NCAA of the incident and the Director General, NCAA having confirmed that the incident was offsite the Airport facilities with no recorded damage to Airport facilities, has given clearance for continuous flight operations into and out of the AKIA'.
'The Management of AKIA wish to assure the flying public that AKIA is safe for flight operations in line with our current certification'.
When huhuonline.com contacted Mr.Anieken Umanah,commissioner for information in Akwa Ibom state,he said the situation was under control.