Five Super Falcons Escape Plane Crash
Five members of Nigeria’s Super Falcons have escaped a deadly plane crash as their aircraft developed electrical fault shortly before take-off.
The players alternatively travelled to Yaounde by road from Duoala on Wednesday ahead of the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) final.
According to Nigerian Bulletin, Florence Omagbemi’s squad arrived at the airport, along with their South African counterparts who play Ghana’s Black Queens in third-place match.
On getting to Douala airport, CAF officials could not secure enough seats for the entire Nigerian team on one plane as the remaining five were checked in for another flight which eventually did not fly.
“The team experienced some delay at the airport, but at the end, all the players and officials could not travel together in one plane because it was a small aircraft which could not accommodate both Nigeria and the South African team at the same time.
“Those five people were later checked into another plane, but just as they were preparing to commence the journey to Yaounde, smoke started coming out from the plane due to electrical problem and everybody was evacuated. The five people had to embark on their journey by road to Yaoundé,” an official said.
Nigeria face hosts Cameroon in the final of the tournament after defeating South Africa 1 – 0 in the semi-final.