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Accident Investigation Bureau Begins Probe of Kabo Air Near Mishap

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Kabo Air

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has begun investigation into the near mishap of Kabo Air B747 in Sokoto at the weekend.

Another plane crash was averted on Friday when a Saudi bound Kabo Air plane carrying over 500 passengers from Kano made an emergency landing at the Sir Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto.

The incidence occurred a day after the crash in Lagos of an Embraer aircraft belonging to Associated Airlines carrying the corpse of late Governor Agagu, which killed 13 out of 20 passengers.

The tyres of the Kabo Air exploded immediately after it took off at the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano but had to divert to Sokoto.

However, the AIB, in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos, Nigeria and signed by its spokesman, Tunji Oketunbi stated that the plane was conveying Saudi Arabia bound pilgrims when the aircraft was believed to have burst tyres on landing.

The statement said AIB investigators had been dispatched to conduct investigation into the circumstance surrounding the incident with a view to determining the probable cause, saying that the body was charged with the responsibility of investigating aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the country and where Nigeria interest was represented.

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