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NCAA certifies Air Peace planes, operations, pilot explains runway incident

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday certified the airplanes and operations of Air Peace airline as compliant and up-to-date with international safety and standard requirements.

It stated this after the completion of technical audits following a recent incident recorded by the local carrier.

An Air Peace Boeing 737-300 plane marked 5N-BQO experienced a landing incidence on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) runway last week leading to the collapse of its front wheel and tyre on hitting the runway.

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is investigating the incident to determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident as required by International Standards stipulated in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13.

Spokesman of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said while they await conclusion of investigation and AIB’s report, the NCAA had completed a thorough technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft.

He stated that this was with a view to ensuring that the airline complied with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) and to mitigate the re-occurrence of such incidents.

Besides, the Air Peace captain, who operated last Tuesday’s flight, Simisola Ajibola, denied claims that the plane landed without tyres.

His words: “We had a very serviceable aircraft. Our aircraft are machines that are well maintained. It wasn’t the first flight of that day. When we flew the aircraft it was perfectly in good shape.

“So, the report about initial landing without tyres is not true. The incident happened after we touched down. I didn’t go into the air without tyres, we weren’t on a decent without tyres.

“Some reports claimed that we called for emergency while in the air and that is not true. It was after we landed that we asked for emergency services. So, what happened did on the runway that day.”

Also, Corporate Communications Manager of AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, said the bureau had begun investigation of the issue and would release its preliminary reports soon.

“It is a cumbersome process. Some components have been retrieved from the airline to help with investigations. So, it will take some time, but we are doing everything possible to ensure that the report is released sooner than expected,” he said.


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