Chartered Plane bearing Nigerians To Lagos From Dubai Makes U-Turn
A chartered plane bearing Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant woman presummedly went into labour.
The Chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known to Channels TV.
The plane, which was meant to reach Nigeria at 3 pm is now expected to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.
“Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama also confirmed the u-turn during his speech at the Presidential Task Force orientation on COVID-19 on Wednesday.”
“One of the passengers, a lady, had a baby on the flight, or went into labour,” Onyeama said. “So the plane had to turn back. And I am happy to say mother and child are doing well in the hospital. And the arrival time has been rescheduled to 7 pm this evening.”
The Emirates flight is looking forward to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to bring Nigerians within the next few days.
As said by the foreign ministry, consultations are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday; positioning are also being made with Ethiopian airlines for a flight from New York to Abuja next Monday.
Atop 4,000 Nigerians are on the verge of evacuated across the world back home, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday.