- As airline commends crew
AIR PEACE aircraft, a Boeing 737- 300 made an emergency landing today at the 18R of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) after which it sheared its nosewheel.
The 737 aircraft 5N-BQO piloted by Captain Simisola Ajibola and her crew were said to have observed sudden weather changes which made them change the domestic runway (18L) they were suppose to land on to the international runway (18R)
The airline in a statement relayed by Mrs. Toyin Olajide, the Chief Operating Officer, stated that the B737-300 with registration number 5N-BQO was flying in from Port Harcourt when the pilot noticed sudden change in weather when approaching
When Captain Ajibola noticed the sudden weather changes during approach to Lagos, she 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 partial collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers via the passenger door.
Confirming the incident further the Accident Investigation Bureau ( AIB) which has mobilized to site said it Hamas been notified of the incident that transpired about 11:28am today.
The investigative body stated that there were 139 people on board the aircraft consisting 133 passengers and 6 crew reporting a minor injury but no fatality.
The statement from the AIB explicitly read,”From the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway(18R) and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off, ” the Investigators stated.
Olajide in her statement said, “We are committed to the safety of our passengers at all time. We will continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines. We are being assisted by the various authorities to determine to cause.”