United Nigeria Airlines Embraer skids off Lagos airport runway

A United Nigeria Airlines ERJ-145 jet in flight.
Paslunitednigeria, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, May 31 2023, a United Nigeria Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWW was involved in a runway excursion incident at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The aircraft was carrying 50 passengers and crew members and was engaged on original flight. All passengers and crew members disembarked safely following the landing incident.

Lagos incident

The aircraft was flying from the airport in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, to Lagos. It landed safely on runway 18L, but then it veered off the runway before coming to a stop in a grassy area. The cause of the incident is now under investigation.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that the runway was closed for about two hours while the aircraft was removed. The airport has since reopened.

Photo via Twitter

Airline statement

In a statement dated May 31, United Nigeria Airlines acknowledged the landing incident, saying: “The aircraft landed safely but was forced to terminate its movement to the apron of the runway.”

The Nigerian carrier confirmed that all passengers were subsequently disembarked safely before being transported to the airport arrival hall.

Officials of the Federal Airport authority of Nigeria (FAAN) attended the scene of the incident and worked alongside UNA engineers to move the aircraft hangar.

United Nigeria Airlines has said that it is working with the authorities to investigate the incident. The airline has also said that it is providing support to the passengers and crew members.


About United Nigeria Airlines

United Nigeria Airlines is a private airline in Nigeria. It was founded in 2020 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 1 February 2021. The airline’s headquarters are in Enugu, Nigeria, and its hub is the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

United Nigeria Airlines operates a fleet of four aircraft, all of which are Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets. The airline offers scheduled flights to destinations throughout Nigeria, including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Benin City.

The airline’s slogan is “United We Fly”. The airline’s livery is predominantly white with a green stripe along the fuselage. The tail of the aircraft features a map of Nigeria with the airline’s name and logo.

United Nigeria Airlines is one of several new airlines that have started operations in Nigeria in recent years. The airline’s entry into the market has increased competition and has led to lower fares for passengers.

United Nigeria Airlines is a relatively new airline, but it has already made a significant impact on the Nigerian aviation market. The airline’s low fares and convenient flight schedules have made it a popular choice for travellers throughout Nigeria.

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