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“I left everything in the hands of God” – Obasanjo recounts his near-death experience with Ethiopian airline



Former resident Olusegun Obasanjo has recounted his experience in the Ethiopian aircraft which had difficulties landing, sending fright to 393 passengers on-board.

An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft  flying from Addis Ababa experienced difficulties while attempting to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The pilot missed a lading spot so, he had to make another lift. There was no threat to the lives of its over 393 passengers, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

"I left everything in the hands of God" - Obasanjo recounts his near-death experience with Ethiopian airline

Olusegun Obasanjo boarded the Ethiopian airline while returning from a conference in Addis Ababa. On landing the Ethiopian Airlines plane he boarded found it difficult to land at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos due to wind interference and rainfall.

During a conversation with Premium times, the former president said he remained calm when the pilot was facing difficulties landing at the Lagos airport. A passenger sitting next to him was already scared to death, apparently.

”I was on Ethiopian Airline. Rain just came down heavily. The pilot thought he could land. And he landed. He touched down. But I think he took a swift decision that he had to take off again. So he took off. If he did not, I think he probably would have overrun the runway. He then apologized and said he would try to land again. He tried again, and we landed safely. And we all clapped. He touched the ground. Then he took off and apologized and landed again at about 12.30. We spent just about 10 minutes in the air before we landed again.

While it all happened, I was reading my papers. One man, who was next to me, said, ‘Oga you no worry?’ I said, ‘Íf I worry, what will I do? If you are on a plane and you have a situation like this, why should you worry?’ I left everything in the hands of God” he said

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