Plane Conveying Nigerians To Lagos From Dubai Makes U-Turn
A chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.
The development was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Wow! A Nigerian lady on board the very first flight to return stranded Nigerians from Dubai, fell into labor,30 mins after take off. Flight had to return to Dubai . She is now in a hospital. Mother, son ,doing great . The flight on its way to Lagos with 265 returnees
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) May 6, 2020
The plane, which was scheduled to arrive at 3 pm is now expected to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye in Abuja Tuesday said arrangements for hotel accommodation in Lagos and Abuja have been made for the evacuation process.
“One of the passengers, a lady, had a baby on the flight, or went into labour,” Onyeama said. “So the plane had to turn back. And I am happy to say mother and child are doing well in the hospital. And the arrival time has been rescheduled to 7 pm this evening.”
The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.
On arrival, the Nigerians will be expected to go into self-isolation and facilities in both Lagos and Abuja have been inspected for that purpose.