Drama and confusion ensued when a Nigerian flight, NUA 0504, departed from Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Terminal 2, on Sunday with the intention of heading to Abuja.
However, it ended up landing in Asaba instead, leaving frustrated passengers stranded momentarily as the airline crew worked to resolve the mix-up.
United Nigeria Airlines explained that the diversion to Asaba, the capital of Delta State, was necessitated by adverse weather conditions during the Lagos-Abuja flight on that Sunday.
Even though the crew informed passengers of their arrival in Abuja, the pilot mistakenly landed the aircraft at Asaba International Airport, leading to confusion among the travelers.
According to a post by @dawisu on X (formerly Twitter), the pilot allegedly received an incorrect flight plan from Lagos.
“Nigeria my country. We departed Lagos about an hour ago on @flyunitedng to Abuja, and upon arrival, the cabin crew confidently announced that we’ve arrived Abuja, only for us to realize that we landed in Asaba. Apparently, our pilot was given wrong flight plan from Lagos.”
However, the airline, through its Head, Corporate Services, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, said the flight diversion was due to “poor destination weather.”
The statement read in parts, “A United Nigeria Airlines flight, NUA 0504, operating from the MM2 in Lagos en route Abuja on Sunday, November 26, 2023, was temporarily diverted to the Asaba International Airport due to poor destination weather. At all material time, the pilot of the aircraft was aware of the temporary diversion and was properly briefed.”
“However, a wrong announcement was made by cabin crew upon landing safely in Asaba, creating confusion among the passengers.”
Uchegbu added, “Meanwhile, the aircraft has landed safely in Abuja following improvement on destination weather.”
The incident caused a hilarious discussion on X with many people decrying Nigeria’s state of affairs.
When someone asked, “The pilot no remember the route?” Dawisu replied, ”He’s a white man apparently!”
User @Ebele said,” When you tell people you can’t explain Nigeria to them without looking crazy and they ask what you mean, show them this tweet.”
Another user @FarhiyaAbass said, “There are African problems and then there are Nigerian problems!”
In 2019, AeroContractors, a Nigerian airline, faced allegations of transporting passengers partway by air and then transferring them to a bus to complete the remaining portion of the trip.