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Airline blames passengers after door falls off plane during landing

The Independent logo The Independent 11/02/2018 Chris Baynes
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A Nigerian airline has blamed passengers after a plane door fell off shortly after landing.

The Dana Air flight from Lagos was taxiing on the runway at Abuja airport when the emergency exit door came away.

Passengers told of hearing a “rattling” throughout the flight and described what happened as “scary”.The airline insisted there was “no way” the door could have fallen off without a passenger making “a conscious effort” to open it.

But passengers said everyone on board had denied tampering with the aircraft

Dapo Sanwo, from Lagos, told the BBC: “The flight was noisy with vibrations from the floor panel. I noticed the emergency door latch was loose and dangling.

“When we landed and the plane was taxiing back to the park point, we heard a poof-like explosion, followed by a surge of breeze and noise. It was terrible.”

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