AIB confirms Air Peace plane ‘crash-lands with tyre burst’ at Ilorin Airport

*Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria in a statement affirms that ‘the aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing’

*Our aircraft neither crashed nor crash-landed in Ilorin or in any place for that matter ─ Stanley Olisa, Spokesman of Air Peace

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (ABN-N) has confirmed that Air Peace Boeing 737-500 aircraft with the registration number BQR, crash-landed while taxiing in the morning Friday, July 23, 2021, at the Ilorin International Airport, in Kwara State, at about 10.a.m.

ConsumerConnect gathered that following the incident involving an Air Peace flight, several Ilorin-bound passengers from Lagos and Abuja, FCT, were stranded over at the weekend.

However, passengers were safely evacuated, as efforts were being made to remove the aircraft from the runway.

The development resulted in the cancellation of the airline’s outbound flight to Lagos, and all inbound flights to Ilorin due to the temporary closure of the runway in Ilorin.

Mr. Stanley Olisa, Spokesman of the airline, in a statement Saturday, nonetheless, said that none of its aircraft “suffered a crash”, as claimed in some quarters.

Olisa stated that the aircraft in question landed safely at the Ilorin Airport.

The statement noted that immediately after the incident, the Management of Air Peace reported to the appropriate authorities.

The said aircraft has since returned to flight services, according to the aviation firm’s Spokesman.

“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.

“It was duly reported to the authorities and passengers disembarked seamlessly. The tyres have, however, been fixed and the aircraft is intact.

“We condemn the sensational publication of falsehood,” the statement said.

Olisa stressed the commitment of the airline to providing peaceful connectivity across cities and relentlessly observes the highest standards of safety in its operations.

But Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager of AIB-N, in a statement contradicted Olisa’s disputation over ‘crash-landing with a tyre burst’ report, and said the aircraft actually had a tyre burst on landing at the airport.

The regulatory agency stated that its investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided not to investigate the incident.

The General Manager said that the aeroplane had 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 the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Air Peace.

“The aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing,” stated Oketunbi.

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