Averted air crash: FG reacts as Gov Adeleke escapes death

The Federal Government has reacted to an incident that occurred at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Tuesday, where the Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, narrowlly escaped death.

A private jet owned by billionaire businessman, Adedeji Adeleke, an elder brother to the governor and father of popular Nigerian singer, Davido, caught fire on Tuesday at the take-off point at the domestic wing of the MMIA.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Aviation Minister, Mr Festus Keyamo, in a statement by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Captain Musa Nuhu, said the government was aware of the incident involving the Bombardier Global Express 605 jet.

The minister explained that the aircraft was carrying the governor and his team on a scheduled flight to Abuja when the incident occurred.

“Once alerted, the Honourable Minister contacted the Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and was briefed accordingly. A mandatory report was submitted on September 6, 2023 in accordance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations(http://Nig.CARS).

“The operator submitted the report through the new web based National Aviation Safety Reporting System, SMS Pro, deployed by NCAA in collaboration with the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) in compliance with the provisions of ICAO mandated State Safety Programme and the Civil Aviation Act 2022. A full blown investigation of the incident has since commenced”.

While expressing relief that the incident ended without any harm, the Minister assured that the outcome of NCAA’s investigation and recommendations would be implemented.

“The Honourable Minister has on several occasions stated that safety of the aviation industry is the number one objective of his administration”, the statement added.