INCIDENT | Nigerian Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

A United Nigeria Airlines (UNA), flight UN504 on Nov., 26th., from Lagos to Abuja landed at the wrong airport on Sunday, causing confusion and frustration among passengers. The flight, which was carrying over 100 passengers on board an Airbus A320-200 (Reg. LZ-FSA), was supposed to land at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja but instead touched down at Asaba International Airport, which is located about 320 kilometers (200 miles) away.


Passengers, in an in-flight announcement, were welcomed to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. However, once they disembarked from the aircraft, they realized that they were not in Abuja at all. "We were all shocked and confused," said one passenger. "We thought we were in Abuja, but we were actually in Asaba."


UNA has apologized for the incident and is investigating the cause. The airline has also offered to transport passengers to Abuja by bus. This is not the first time that a UNA flight has landed at the wrong airport. In 2021, a UNA flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt landed at the wrong airport in Owerri. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is investigating the latest incident and has said that it will take "appropriate action" against UNA if it is found that the airline was negligent.

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The incident has raised concerns about safety standards at UNA. The airline has a history of safety problems, and in 2019, it was banned from operating in Europe due to safety concerns. UNA has since taken steps to improve its safety record, but the latest incident suggests that there may still be some issues. The NCAA has said that it is committed to ensuring that airlines operating in Nigeria meet the highest safety standards. The agency has also said that it will continue to monitor UNA's safety record closely. UNA operates a fleet of one leased Airbus A320-200 and four Embraer ERJ-145LR.

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