The Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) has explained that a private jet that blocked Ikeja-Along, Lagos road on Tuesday evening did not crash-land as reported by some online media outlets.
The plane was towed along the busy Ikeja road causing widespread confusion and amusement to commuters and rumours it had crashed before Nigerian authorities said that it was being delivered to its new owner via the busy road.
Several videos of the aircraft posted on social media showed it at various points along the side of a major road, within a mile of the international and domestic airport terminals and plane storage facilities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.
Footage showed the passenger aircraft being towed alongside heavy traffic as pedestrians passed closely by, with videos taken from one side of the plane showing trucks towing away part of one of the aircraft wings.
Some initial reports spread online claimed that the plane had crash-landed in the populous area.
In response to questions on how the surprise aircraft had arrived on the side of the road, Ibrahim Farinloye, the head of Lagos’ emergency management agency said officials “tracked all incoming and outgoing flights in Lagos and there is no plane missing so far.”
Then in a statement on Tuesday night Nigeria’s airport authorities said reports of a crash landing were false.
The FAAN said:
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would like to inform the general public to disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja Airport.
The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination.
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