Gov. Obi, others Escape Death as Pilot asks Passengers to thank God.
What could have turned to be an air mishap yesterday was avoided by the
experience of the Arik Pilot of Flight W 3788 conveying over 100
passengers from Lagos to Asaba.
The flight which was supposed
to take off at 8:30 am was delayed in Lagos on account of bad weather.
Though travellers had boarded the flight, but after about 2 hours inside
the plane, they were asked to go back to the departure lounge as the
plane could not take off on account of what the pilot called "terribly
bad weather at Asaba." After about 3 hours, the flight was boarded
again because weather reports showed improvement within the
internationally accepted landing standards. By the time it was boarded
again, many people who sensed the situation as warning from Providence
had already cancelled their trips.
On getting to Asaba, the
weather became bad again. Attempts at landing was difficult. Not wanting
to take chances the pilot promptly returned to Lagos. On reaching
Lagos, the weather there had already gone very bad by aviation
standard. The plane had to circle around for hours amidst dwindling
aviation fuel. It finally landed at 4:45 pm amidst signs of relief from
traumatized passengers who clapped in jubilation. The pilot, Captain
Sandy Miller merely told passengers to thanks their God for His mercies
when they got home.
Speaking to aviation correspondents at the
Domestic Wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Gov. Obi, who travelled to
South-Africa on Sunday and came back yesterday to Lagos said he was
determined to make the flight to Asaba en route to Awka because he did
not like staying outside Awka more days than necessary.
Moreover, he said that he had already planned so many things he would
have done at home yesterday. When he was persistently asked those
things, he reluctantly said that he had projects to inspect such as the
progress of work at Upper-Iweka, the drainage challenge at Ogidi as well
as the site for the construction of Agulu Lake Hotel Resort, which,
according to him, would take off in a matter of days.
that following discussion with some investors in South Africa that
requested land to build their facility in Anambra and some existing ones
that want to expand, that he planned to visit some identified sites for
consideration. "Moreso, I have planned to treat many files in the
night," Obi said. On whether he was frightened, the Gov. laughed and
said that nothing again should be frightening to a person that governs a
state like Anambra, moreover, he said, he was always at peace with His
God and fellow human beings to worry over the vicissitudes of life.
Speaking on the experience, one of the passengers, Barr. Donald Emeh
said that as a frequent flyer, that he was used to such situations. He
nevertheless gave glory to God for safe landing at last. He jokingly
described how those on board turned into emergency prayer worrriors,
casting and binding the spirit of plane crash.
Speaking on the
development, the Majority Leader of Delta State of Assembly, Hon. Chief
Igbuyo, who along other Government officials said the incident is
instructive on why one should be prepared at all times.
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