The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has initiated investigations into the circumstances that led to the ‘hard landing’ of an Air Peace plane on Tuesday.
The Air Peace Boeing 737 aircraft from Port Harcout, Rivers State, made an emergency landing and was partially damaged after it experienced difficulty landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The airline its Captain Simisola Ajibola noticed a 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 gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers”. the airline said.
In its statement, the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria disclosed it has been notified by Air Peace of the accident involving a Boeing 737-300 with 133 passengers and six crew members on board.
It adds, “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.
“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits for your help. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation.
“Kindly contact us on our official communication channels:
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SMS/WhatsApp: +234807 709 0900, 0807 709 0928″.