A former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has shared a harrowing incident where a presidential jet he was on nearly turned over during a trip with former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adesina recounted this incident in his recently launched book titled ‘Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023),’ during the book launch event held in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the former presidential aide, the severe turbulence intensity was such that upon landing in Malta, a visibly frightened President Buhari questioned the captain, asking, “What kind of landing is this?” The captain subsequently offered apologies to the President and the rest of the distressed passengers.
He wrote, “A presidential jet is not immune from bad weather and the accompanying turbulence (many hours of that we experienced). Neither is it spared from what aviators call wind shear (a sudden change in the direction of the wind). We had a frightful experience).
“In November 2015, we travelled to Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and it was an uneventful flight till the flight crew announced that we should get ready for landing.
“A few seconds from touching the tarmac, the Boeing 737 business jet got buffeted from all sides and began to sway dangerously. On touching down, it pirouetted and gyrated like a drunken sailor; and was almost turning over. ‘Which kind of landing is this?’ The President said. I was seated with him in his special cabin.”