Posted by JUSTOURS News Two aviation authorities have made it clear that there was “No Plane Crash recorded at the Ilorin airport on Saturday.” What happened?
The General Manager, Public Affairs Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Tunji Oketunbi refuted the alleged crash, stating the agency’s position on the incident involving Air Peace B737-500 with Registration Marks 5N-BQR that occurred in Ilorin, Nigeria on Saturday, July 23, 2021 at about 10:30am local time. In a statement, he said “the aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing roll. There were 66 passengers and 6 crew onboard.” Similarly, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said their attention have been drawn to “a sensational report making the rounds that an aircraft belonging to Air Peace B737-500 with Registration Mark 5N-BQR was involved in a crash” in Ilorin yesterday.
In its own statement, NCAA stated that
”The authority wishes to state categorically that there was no air accident in Nigeria involving Air Peace or any airline.”
As a matter of fact, the said aircraft which departed from Abuja successfully landed in Ilorin. It only experienced tyre burst in the course of taxing,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, all the 66 passengers and 6 crew members onboard were disembarked without issues on the same day being July 23.
Meanwhile, Oketubi said AIB Safety investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided NOT to investigate. The Aeroplane has been released to the Operator (Air Peace).” According to him, the delay in opening the airport is down to the recovery of the aeroplane from the runway by FAAN and Air Peace.
We enjoin all media practitioner’s to verify every information before going to press.”
The Airport Authority, however, advised
the travelling public to disregard such false and reckless presentation.
“We want to urge our media partners to inculcate professionalism and avoid false news, which will harm our blossoming reputation.
NCAA is committed to ensure safe and secure air transport in Nigeria and will stop at nothing to ensuring our over eight years of zero accident, no fatality in scheduled flight operations continues,” the statement also stated. Contact us: email@example.com