AIr Peace Reproves AIB On Non Filing Mandatory Occurrence Report Allegation

 

… Says Carrier Complied With Statutory Time-lime For Filing MOR

… Accuses Bureau Of Misrepresentation, Targeting The Airline

 

The dust raised by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) that Air Peace, the leading carrier in the country has consistently failed to file the Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR), on incidents involving its aircraft may not have settled, as the airline  today faulted the contents of a statement issued by the Bureau, describing it as a misrepresentation of facts

The airline which disagreed with AIB position in an online statement signed by Air Peace  wondered if such statement was issued in good faith.

The airline contended that the press statement emanating from the Bureau, was a misrepresentation of facts concerning the incidents in question.

Stating its own side of the story, Air Peace stated that on the night of May 15, 2019, its Boeing 737-300 with  registration number 5N – BUK made a hard landing in Lagos on account of sudden change in weather at the point of touch down.

It further explained that in a statement issued by the airline’s management in Lagos, it said the AIB grossly misrepresented the facts when it alluded that the airline only reported the incident, after the Bureau’s team visited its corporate headquarters in Lagos on June 6, 2019, which was about three weeks after the incident.

The airline argued that contrary to the statement issued by AIB, Air Peace duly notified the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of the incident on May 16, 2019, and followed it up with a written communication and subsequently filed an MOR on May 17, 2019, with reference number APL/QM/279/19.

It stated that the MOR filed by the airline was received and signed for by the NCAA on the same date, saying that it complied with the statutory time-lime for the filing of MOR.

The airline stated that it was still in shock over the deliberate misrepresentation of facts by the AIB and questioned the motive behind the Bureau’s action.

“Was the press statement intended to scare the flying public against an airline that has consistently demonstrated zero tolerance for unsafe practices?”, airline asked.

The airline also expressed surprise at AIB’s dredging up of the incident, which occurred on December 14, 2018,  en route Enugu Airport, during which oxygen masks were automatically deployed as a result of change in cabin pressure.

The airline said matters related masks dropping during flight is not peculiar to Air Peace, but common to airlines the world over.

Air Peace wondered if it is not an aberration for AIB to engage in acts capable of not only misleading the flying public, but also deliberately creating unnecessary fear in their minds.

The carrier stated that the target of AIB’s action was Air Peace, adding the mention of ‘other airlines’, without naming them is a mere smokescreen.

 

 

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