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How engineer saved us from potential disaster on Ibom Air flight -Passenger

A former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in the Presidency, Dr. Joe Abah, has narrated how the diligence of a young engineer saved him and other passengers from what would have resulted in air mishap on Thursday (today).

The public figure made this known in a long tweet. He had tweeted:

I boarded a 7am @ibomairlines [Ibom Airlines] flight in Lagos this morning, heading to Abuja. My brother Seun Onigbinde was on the same flight and we had chatted briefly about work.

Aircraft door was shut, phones switched off, ready for takeoff.

As we were about to start taxiing, there was a loud knock on the aircraft door from outside. We all wondered what it could be. The knocking got more persistent. The flight attendant had to open the door again.

As she did, a ground engineer came in and those of us in front clearly heard him say “You can’t go. Your landing gear is bad.”

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The pilot made a ‘political’ announcement that they need to perform some additional checks before take off and apologised for the delay. He spoke with the engineer and, a few seconds later, announced that we were to disembark.

I thank God that we have the systems in place to check this and avert potential disaster. And that we have some diligent Nigerians who take their work seriously.

If you are that young Nigerian engineer, God will bless you abundantly.

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