The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that
the incident occurred on the runway 18 Right of the
airport around 3pm.
One of the passengers, who spoke to newsmen on
condition of anonymity, said the Captain was
already cleared for take off by the Air Traffic
Controllers when they suddenly heard a loud sound.
According to her, this prompted the pilot to stop
briefly before deciding to taxi the aircraft back to
the terminal where it has earlier departed.
She said the frightened passengers resorted to
prayers as the event was occurring.
“We were held in fear for some time. We thank God that the plane has not gathered the full speed for
takeoff, we would have been saying something
else,” the passenger said.
NAN gathered that the aircraft was later parked for repair at one of the hangers in the terminal while the airline management embarked on alternative
arrangement for the affected travellers.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Nigerian Civil
Aviation Authority proved abortive as calls and text
messages to its spokesman were not responded to.