Videos of a wingless passenger plane on a busy road have circulated widely on social media in Nigeria, with the claim the plane crash-landed on a road near the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos.
The claim was also published by a few local news platforms in late May 2022.
But what’s the full story?
Authorities debunk the claim
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the government agency that manages commercial airports in the country, debunked the claim.
FAAN said in a 24 May Facebook post that the public should “disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja Airport. The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination”.
No sign of impact on aircraft
The plane in the video also shows no sign of impact and the wings seem neatly removed.
“This wouldn't happen in a crash, the separation is a sign of dismantling. There is no damage to the fuselage, almost impossible given the purported circumstances.
“I have reviewed air traffic data and can't find anything unusual. Also, all the active A320 family aircraft in Nigeria are accounted for by my count,” Dikio tweeted.
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