Air Peace: AIB Begins Investigation Into Cause Of Near Crash

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The Accidents and Investigations Bureau has opened investigations into the cause of Tuesday’s hard landing by an aircraft belonging to Air Peace.

AIB commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, said the bureau had been notified of the incident and had sent its inspectors to the site.

“The AIB has been notified by Air Peace on July 23 of an accident involving a Boeing 737-300 with the registration marks 5N-BQO at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 11.28 a.m .

“The aircraft, with 133 passengers and six crew members on board, was on approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos from Port Harcourt.

“From the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway (18R) and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off.

“The AIB was informed of a minor injury but no fatality. Our team of safety investigators have commenced investigations,” he said.

Meanwhile the management of the aircraft has commended the Pilot-in-Charge, Capt. Simisola Ajibola, for her professionalism which averted a tragedy.

The airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, who confirmed the incident said in a statement:

“Ajibola noticed sudden weather change when approaching Lagos and demanded to land on the International runway as it is longer and wider than the domestic runway.

“After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose wheel developed a problem and partial collapse.

“The crew notified the airport authorities, who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers via the passenger door.”

She maintained that Air Peace was committed to the safety of its passengers and would continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines.