Osun Governor Adeleke and Others Unharmed After Davido’s Father’s Private Jet Catches Fire
Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun state, and his staff managed to escape a probable plane disaster after it was discovered that the private jet’s engine was broken.
Leadership claims that the event happened at the domestic wing of the airport on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, just before the plane was scheduled to depart from Lagos for Abuja.
The Bombardier Global Express 6000 private jet, owned by Nigerian billionaire businessman Chief Adedeji Adeleke, caught fire as it took off from Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
David Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is an Afrobeat star. His father is Chief Adeleke. Additionally, he is related to Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State.
Governor Adeleke and his top advisers were reportedly in the aircraft at the time of the tragedy.
It was discovered that the jet’s engine made a loud explosion just as it was about to take off while it was taxiing to the end of the runway. This forced the flight to quickly abort takeoff.
“No deaths or injuries were reported, and other passengers in the plane as of the time of the incident could not be ascertained,” a told Leadership.
Unable to be reached, Governor Adeleke’s aides speculated that there may have been foul play because both of the plane’s engines were destroyed, but one of the passengers on the flight spoke to LEADERSHIP under the condition of anonymity.
Sam Iwuajoku, CEO of Executive Jets, which oversees the hangar where the private plane was parked, said that the aircraft suffered Foreign Object Damage (FOD), which caused it to experience high temperature and cause the explosion.
He said that a bird nest in one of the jet’s engines was what led to the FOD.
“At take-off, the engine had a high temperature and it was caused by a bird nest in one of the engines of the aircraft.
“It happens when an aircraft is parked and not properly covered so birds will build their nest and anything they bring into the aircraft can spark high temperature.
“It happened to one of my aircraft in 2021; we had to remove the engine and the engine was in Germany for 14 months. So, it’s a common thing in Africa because we have birds around,” he stated.
Sources said that Davido used the aircraft the previous day, September 4.
Efforts to reach the NCAA were not successful but a source told the newspaper that the incident was not reported to the agency as its Air Worthiness Department was not aware of the incident.
“NCAA isn’t aware of this incident because the Air Worthiness Department is not aware,” the source was quoted as saying.