AIB Begins Investigation On Air Peace Aircraft Emergency Landing At Lagos Airport


…As Airline Commends Pilot For Professionalism

The Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB), Nigeria said it has been notified by Air Peace Nigeria Limited on today’s accident involving  a Boeing 737-300 with the registration marks 5N-BQO operated by Air Peace Limited at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 11:28AM,

A statement by the Commissioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru explained that the aircraft, with 133 passengers and 6 crew members on board was on approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos from Port Harcourt.

The AIB boss further explained that from the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway (18R) and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off.

AIB, he said was informed of a minor injury but no fatality.

He said that already,”Our team of safety investigators have commenced investigations.”

“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits for your help. 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 investigation body, appealed to the public to kindly contact the Bureau on its official communication channels.

…Air Peace Commends Pilot For Her Professionalism

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s major carrier, Air Peace has commended Capt. Ajibola and her crew for handling a situation in Lagos this morning.

A statement issued by the Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Oluwatoyin  Olajide, explained that Capt Ajibola noticed sudden weather changes when approaching Lagos and demanded to land on the international runway 18 right as it is longer and wider than the domestic runway.

The statement added that “after landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers via the passenger door.

We are committed to the safety of our passengers at all time. We will continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines. We are being assisted by the various authorities to determine to cause of the incident.”



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