The aircraft was carrying passengers from Lagos to Kaduna when it suddenly developed a hydraulic fault which forced the pilot to activate an emergency landing around 11:00 AM Nigerian time.

Efforts to get the ministry of aviation to explain what happened to the aircraft has proved abortive as aides to the minister has not responded to email inquiries.

However, some of the passengers who spoke to SaharaReporters said they were alarmed at the sudden drop in altitude as the plane began preparing to land in Kaduna

An airport source who pleaded anonymity said all the crew and passengers were safely evacuated, adding however that it was a terrible situation. While the plane remains at the airport.

Security has been beefed at the airport and journalists were barred from entering the airport as the time of filing this report.

The last incident in Kaduna airport was on 20 August 2010, when a Chanchangi Airlines Flight 334, operated by Boeing 737-200 5N-BIF struck the localizer antenna and landed short of the runway. Several passengers were slightly injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. Chanchangi Airlines later suspended operations following the accident.

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