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Qatar flight in Lagos emergency landing

30 September 2012, 07:21

Lagos - A Qatar Airways flight from Doha safely made an emergency landing in the Nigerian economic capital Lagos on Saturday after encountering a problem with its tyres, the civil aviation body said.

"The plane has landed safely," said Harold Demuren, the head of Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority at Murtala Mohammed International airport. "We lost one of the tyres... We are now towing the aircraft."

He told AFP that no passengers were injured during the emergency landing and that one of the plane's tyres had to be replaced.

Qatar Airways flight QR592, which Demuren said was an Airbus A330, was travelling the regular Doha-Lagos route and had reported the problem to Nigerian airport authorities, Demuren said.

The airline's online tracker said the flight arrived in Lagos at 14:29 (13:29 GMT), but the plane touched down at least 30 minutes before that.

The website makes no mention of any incidents during the journey, saying only that flight QR592 had "arrived".

An McDonnell Douglas-83 operated by Dana Air plunged into a neighbourhood near Lagos airport in June after reportedly suffering double engine failure.

The crash killed all 153 passenger and crew as well as at least six people on the ground.

- Qatar Airways website.



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