Nigeria impounds Angolan passenger plane in Lagos

Aug 21, 2020

Nigerian Government has impounded a Boeing 777 jumbo plane belonging to the Angolan government at the Lagos airport for flying illegally into Nigeria.

The government grounded the passengers-laden plane and subsequently impounded it, shortly after touching down in the country on Wednesday afternoon.

The jumbo jet belongs to Angola Airlines, a state-owned airline and flag carrier of the Angolan government.

It was learnt that the plane flew into the country without the requisite and mandatory approvals from the Nigerian authorities. Aviation sources said the jet which was flown into the country purportedly to evacuate stranded Angolan citizens in Nigeria was found to be carrying fee-paying passenger.

However, the number of passengers on board the over 300-seater plane could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report on Thursday night.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has commenced further investigation into the matter, it was learnt.

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