NSIB Initiates Investigation into Runway Overrun of XeJet Aircraft at Lagos Airport

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Mrs. Bimbo Olawumi Oladeji, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), announced that an investigation is underway regarding the runway overrun incident involving a XeJet Airline’s Embraer 145 aircraft.

Preliminary findings revealed that the incident occurred at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. The aircraft, registered as 5N BZZ and operated by XeJet Airline on behalf of NG Eagle Airlines, was concluding a scheduled flight from Abuja to Lagos with 49 passengers and 3 crew members onboard. Departing from Abuja at 11:10 AM and cruising at Flight Level 280, the flight was granted landing clearance after a 50-minute delay in Lagos due to adverse weather conditions. Upon landing on Runway 18 Left (18L), the aircraft veered off the runway to the left of the centerline, coming to a halt on the grass verge approximately 326 meters from the threshold of Runway 36R.

Following the incident, the captain initiated an evacuation through controlled disembarkation, utilizing three exit points, including two over-wing windows and one forward exit door. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or fatalities among the passengers and crew. However, damage was sustained to the aircraft’s nose landing gear and both main landing gear tyres.

NSIB was alerted to the incident by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) at 1:20 PM, prompting the immediate deployment of a Go Team to the site, which arrived at 1:51 PM.

Captain Alex Badeh Jr., the Director General of NSIB, affirmed the ongoing nature of the investigation, emphasizing the determination to uncover the factors contributing to the runway overrun. Interviews with the captain, senior first officer, and purser have been conducted, alongside negative toxicology tests on the crew. Additionally, the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder have been retrieved and their data downloaded for comprehensive analysis at NSIB’s transport safety lab.

The investigation will delve into various facets, including the airworthiness status of the aircraft, operational protocols, human factors, weather conditions, crew health and mental state, aircraft maintenance records, and previous incidents involving the landing gear system. Air traffic control data, cockpit voice recordings, and flight data will also undergo thorough scrutiny.

In adherence to international aviation safety protocols, a preliminary report summarizing the basic findings will be released within 30 days, followed by a final report with safety recommendations upon the conclusion of the investigation.

NSIB pledges collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, as well as other pertinent institutions and specialists, to gather comprehensive information and evidence.

The overarching goal of the investigation is to pinpoint safety deficiencies and propose preventive measures to avert similar incidents in the future, ensuring the safety and security of air travel. Regular updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

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