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Update: 100 passengers escape death at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos




About 100 passengers of Qatar Airways escaped a crash yesterday when one of their aircraft-Boeing 767 experienced tyre burst.

While many reports claimed the incident occurred because of a burst tyre upon take-off, the management of the airways said it was simply a case of bird strike and that the aircraft was still on the runway when it happened.

A bird strike occurred whilst our aircraft was still on the runway. The aircraft taxied to a gate for a standard inspection and was cleared to fly. I hope that helps,” a statement from Sophie Knight.

According to Leadership the aircraft was already set to gather speed for take-off when, unexpectedly, one of the tyres burst with a loud sound.

The pilots later stopped briefly, before moving the aircraft back to the terminal where it departed few minutes ago.

A passenger, who does not want her name in print informed, that prayers rented the air when they heard the loud sound as they were stricken with fear.”we are held in fear for some time. We thank God that the plane has not gathered the full speed for takeoff, we would have been saying something else”, the passenger said.

As at the time of filling this report, the plane was still parked at one of the hangers of the international airport for repairs and certification before it would return back to operation

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