Lagos - Arik Air has explained the conditions of two
ill-fated flights that conveyed the Dream Team from Lagos for a training camp
According to the NFF, The aircraft conveying the team from
Lagos lost a tyre on landing at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra on
Sunday. The airplane that was on ground in Accra was then deployed for the
purpose of flying the team to The Gambia, but that also lost an engine on take
–off and the pilot had to make a quick return.
However, Arik provided another aircraft that flew the
delegation to The Gambia through Dakar.
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The NFF on Monday reiterated the statement by Arik Air’s
public relations and communications manager, Banji Ola, that “the captain saw
an indication light and as a precautionary measure, he had to make an air
return. It was not a case of lost engine.
“There was no case of lost engine. It is true that the one
that flew the team from Lagos lost one tyre while landing in Accra. As for the
other airplane, the pilot only saw an indication light and made an air return
as a precautionary measure.
“Arik immediately made arrangement for another aircraft to
fly the team to The Gambia.”
The Nigeria U-23 delegation has since arrived and settled
down in The Gambia, where the team is undergoing a 10 –day training program
ahead of the 2nd Africa U-23 Cup of Nations starting in Senegal on November 28.For
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