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Air Peace plane didn’t crash in Ilorin; just tyre burst: AIB

The aeroplane had a tyre burst on landing roll.

• July 24, 2021
Air Peace aircraft used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: One at a Time Mile]

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has denounced the rumour making the rounds that an Air Peace plane crashed in Ilorin.

The general manager of AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, said that “there was no crash whatsoever,” adding that the tyres busted after landing.

“This is to confirm an incident involving Air Peace B737-500 with registration Mpmarks 5N-BQR that occurred on July 23 in Ilorin, at about 10:30 a.m. local time.

“There were 66 passengers and six crew members on board.

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 tyre burst on landing roll.

“We enjoin all media practitioners to verify all information before going to press,” Mr Oketunbi admonished.

Similarly,  the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, cautioned against sensationalism and noted that such would damage the reputation of the industry if care was not taken.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, has given a statement to explain what transpired.

“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 mischievous headline 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 is intended to cause panic in the minds of the flying public,” Mr Olisa said.

He said the incident was duly reported to the authorities and passengers disembarked seamlessly.

“The tyres have, however, been fixed and aircraft is intact.

We condemn the sensational publication of falsehood,” he said.

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