Over fifty passengers aboard a plane from Lagos to Benin City escaped death on Saturday when the aircraft failed to land after hovering in the Benin airspace for about 15 minutes .

People at the airport, including those who had come to pick their loved ones were told to vacate the area, with fears that the airline might crash-land.

The flight flew back to Lagos after it failed to land at the airport. One of the passengers on board, who craved anonymity, disclosed that some “passengers fainted due to fear.”

There was no official explanation on the development.

When contacted, Benin Airport Manager, Mr Segun Ayodele said he was unaware of the incident.

The passenger continued: “We thought it was going to be another crash. We were hovering round the Benin airspace but we could not land. Of course people were shouting the name of Jesus until we were taken back to Lagos”.

Meanwhile, the Benin Airport Manager, Mr Segun Ayodele, said he was unaware of the incident.