In what could have been a tragic event, a plane crash was narrowly averted at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri yesterday, when the pilot of a fully-loaded Air Peace flight discovered that the runway had been invaded by cows and Fulani herdsmen.
One of the passengers in the flight, Mr. Richard Akinnola, who shared his experience with journalists, said the pilot was forced to hover around the airport until the runway was cleared by the airport security.
The panic-stricken passengers, who initially thought the pilot deliberately aborted landing, applauded him on being told that a major disaster had been averted as the landing runway had been taken over by cattle.
This is not the first time a major airport runway was invaded by cows.
The Port Harcourt International Airport runway was sometime ago invaded by cows and an approaching Air France plane collided with some of the cows.
The expertise of the pilot saved what would have been a tragic incident as the plane was only slightly damaged with passengers suffering shock.
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