Our Aircraft Did Not Crash Says Air Peace
…As AIB-N Confirms Burst Tyre Incident
…Advises Journalists To Always Verify Information Before Going To Press
Air Peace, the leading operator in the country has said categorically that its Ilorin bound B737-500 aircraft with registration number 5N-BQR from Abuja, was not involved in a crash at about 10am on July 23, 2021,as has been speculated in some quarters
The clarification is contained in a statement issued by the airline and made available to aviation journalists today.
“Air Peace said that to put the records straight for the records, no such thing happened. The reports misrepresented and exaggerated the facts. We can confirm that the aircraft in question landed safely but had a minimal tyre burst while taxing. This debunks all the mischievously headlined reports circulating online, which should be disregarded.
“Our aircraft neither crashed nor crash landed in Ilorin or in any place for that matter. This kind of sensationalism is bad and was intended to cause panic in the minds of the flying public, the statement said.
Air Peace said that the incident was duly reported to the authorities and passengers disembarked seamlessly.
The tyres, it added, have been fixed and that the aircraft is intact, condemning sensational publication of falsehood.
Air Peace, the statement said, is committed to providing peaceful connectivity across cities and relentlessly observes the highest standards of safety in its operations.
Similarly, the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria(AIB-N) has confirmed that Air Peace B737-500 with Registration Marks 5N-BQR and with 66 passengers and 6 crew onboard had a burst tyre
This is to confirmed in a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Tunji Oketunbi.
According to AIB, “Safety investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided NOT to investigate. The Aeroplane has been released to the Operator (Air Peace). The delay in opening the Airport is down to the recovery of the Aeroplane from the Runway by FAAN and Air Peace. The aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing roll. ”
AIB advised media practitioners to verify every information before going to press.