The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has refuted the rumour making the rounds that an Air Peace plane crashed in Ilorin.
According to Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager of the AIB, “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.