Africa: Air Peace insists it had a Tyre Puncture on the Taxiway, Disputes Statement by Nigerian Aviation’s Accident Investigation Bureau AIB,

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Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), says it has been notified of a serious incident involving an Air Peace aircraft a Boeing 737-300 with nationality and registration Marks 5N-BUQ, and has commenced investigation into the incident.

According to a press release by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, the aircraft, with 127 passengers and 6 crew members onboard was en-route Lagos from Abuja.

He said the aircraft had a burst tyre on landing on Runway 18R of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria and taxied to General Aviation Terminal (GAT), to park, adding that there was no injury or fatality.

“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation.

“The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT assume the cause of the accident until formal report is released.
“The Bureau will soon release the preliminary report or update the public when necessary.

But in a swift reaction, Air Peace in a release stated the statement by the bureau does not portray what transpired at the terminal, pointing out that the aircraft had no punctured tyre on landing.

According to a statement by the management, it said: “The attention of Air Peace has been drawn to reports insinuating that our aircraft, a B737 with registration number 5N-BUQ, had a tyre burst on landing in Lagos on Monday night, March 8, 2021.

“The aircraft safely landed at the International Wing of the airport and while taxing to the Domestic Wing, had a tyre puncture which cause is yet to be ascertained.

“The incident, which occurred at about 12 minutes of taxing and very close to the Domestic Wing, was duly reported to the authorities. Passengers disembarked seamlessly and the incident is currently being investigated as statutorily required.

“We, therefore, take exception to reports implying that the aircraft had a tyre burst on landing, as this is conveying a wrong impression about the airline to the flying public. If the tyre had burst on landing, the aircraft would not have moved 2 km from the International Wing to the Domestic Wing.

“Air Peace is committed to providing best-in-class fight services and will relentlessly observe the highest standards of safety in its operations.”



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