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119 Passengers Escape Death as Air Peace Loses Tyre at Take-Off

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An Air Peace flight B737 with flight number 4P7198 on Monday lost one of its tyres as it prepared for take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The Abuja-bound aircraft was preparing for take-off at 10:40am when the incident happened.

About 114 passengers were on board the aircraft.

Jonathan Obiemeka Onyema, a staff of New Telegraph, who was onboard the aircraft, reported that the incident, which was signalled by a loud noise, was followed by a massive vibration forcing the pilot to struggle to bring the aircraft, which was approaching take off speed, to a stop.

Chris Iwarah, Air Peace spokesman, confirmed the incident and said that an another plane was #provided for the passengers and the tyre of the first plane was being fixed.

The explosion and vibration caused panic among passengers who had earlier suffered 20 minutes delay at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

“The technical team just confirmed that we had tyres burst and we could not move this aircraft from here. We request all passengers to remain calm and wait for buses that will take you to the departure lounge,” the pilot announced.

Number one and number four tyres, he said, were affected.