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AIB retracts Air Peace’s tyre burst on landing statement; cedes investigation to NCAA

THE Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has retracted its initial report of an incident involving Air Peace Boeing 737-300 aircraft on March 8 downgrading the event from what it described as a serious incident to an incident and referring it to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Recall after the release of the initial report stating that the airline aircraft tyre burst on landing, the airline: Air Peace had sent a counter statement revealing that its aircraft 5N-BUQ, safely landed at the International Wing of the airport and while taxing to the Domestic Wing, had a tyre puncture which cause is yet to be ascertained.

The airline management in its statement also said,”We, therefore, take exception to reports implying that the aircraft had a tyre burst on landing, as this is conveying a wrong impression about the airline to the flying public. If the tyre had burst on landing, the aircraft would not have moved 2 km from the International Wing to the Domestic Wing.

“Air Peace is committed to providing best-in-class fight services and will relentlessly observe the highest standards of safety in its operations.

AIB in a statement today said,”We refer to the occurrence involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, operated by Air Peace Ltd, which occurred at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday, March 8, 2021

“Initial findings made by the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) following a download of the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) revealed that the aircraft experienced a burst tyre during taxing.

“As the occurrence falls under the category of incident, AIB-N has therefore ceded the investigation to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Further enquiries on this occurrence should be addressed to the NCAA forthwith.”

The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) has retracted its earlier statement on Air Peace Boeing 737-300 with registration number 5N-BUQ, saying that the tyre of the aircraft did not burst on landing, as it earlier stated.

Recall, the incident occurred on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:31 pm, when the Abuja-Lagos flight landed at the Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, known as international runway, it taxied to the domestic terminal (MMA1), known as General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and suffered a puncture while taxiing over two kilometers to the terminal.

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