5N-BKV Arik Air De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8. Picture Credit : Planespotters.net
Arik Air aircraft aborts take-off in Benin
ARIK AIR has reported that its aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ900 operating flight W3 7631 from Benin to Lagos this morning aborted take-off when the Pilot in Command observed an abnormality during the take-off run. T
he aircraft, the airline said, was brought under control on the runway in the process with no damage to the aircraft and no injury to the passengers on board.
An alternative aircraft was immediately provided to fly the passengers to Lagos while the former aircraft has since been ferried to Lagos for checks/observation and maintenance.
The airline was full of apologies to its customers for any inconveniences caused by the incident and restates its commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards at all times.
The initial findings also indicated that the bureau could not conduct drug and alcohol tests on the pilots and according to the weather report obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), the prevailing conditions were good but that the aircraft hovered to land in a brown out condition.
"In addition to the Authority oversight roles, NCAA has placed the onerous responsibility of the first line of safety on the operating airlines’ Pilot In Command of each flight and the assigned Engineer that authorized each flight. With all the various checks and counter checks put in place by NCAA combined with that of the operators, it is therefore improbable that any airline in Nigeria will operate a service with that kind of tyre.
As part of the resolutions made at the end of the meeting, operators or their representatives are to each open and fund a domiciliary account with which to effect all financial transactions with NAMA through monetary transfers to the agency’s sub-account with the CBN using a smart phone.
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