A second horrible crash in two days was averted last Sunday when an Overland Airways flight from Ilorin to Lagos developed technical difficulties, as the plane was taking off, the pilot unable to retract the wheels for the rest of the journey.
A passenger on the flight told SaharaReporters those passengers aboard Flight OJ 1188 thought they were crashing as the aircraft took a long to stabilize after takeoff.
He described an unusually turbulent take off, the aircraft wobbling its way into Murtala Muhammad Airport with its landing gear hanging dangerously out of its belly throughout the flight.
Overland Airways began the Sunday flight service from Ilorin to Lagos on July 08, saying it wanted to offer comfort and satisfaction to passengers who want to travel at the weekend and boost inter-connectivity within the region.
Overland Airways, which has been in business since 2003, is linked to the Bauchi state governor, Isa Yuguda. It has yet to make a comment on last Sunday’s flight experience, and SaharaReporters has been unable to confirm if the aircraft is back in the air.
The company claims to operate “a fleet of well-maintained Beechcraft 1900D, ATR 42-320 and ATR 72 aircraft operating non-scheduled and scheduled flights to various destinations in Nigeria, West and Central Africa.”
Taking delivery of the ATR 72 aircraft last October, Overland indicated it was the first of six.