UNITED Nigeria has explained that its flight from Port Harcourt to Abuja trending when passengers were seen in a short video reacting with thanks was nothing more than heavy turbulence which necessitated diverting the flight back.
United Nigeria flew an Embraer E145 with Flight Number U50515 said that there was no time when the passengers were in any danger as the pilot in charge acted with professionalism and said the reaction of passengers would vary while urging them to get facts before putting inimical videos on social media.
A statement by Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu the airline’s Head, Corporate Communications read,”United Nigeria flight on 4/6/2021 from PHC to ABV departed PHC with clear and good weather forecast.
“However on approaching Abuja experienced moderate turbulence which necessitated diverting back to Port Harcourt as weather conditions were below our operating requirements. The crew took the required and correct decision to return to PHC.
“Hence, at no time was the flight or aircraft in any danger whatsoever. Our experienced crew acted with utmost professionalism which the pax highly and profusely commended and complimented.
“They praised United Nigeria for its high standards as well as professionalism. We however understand that passengers react to weather turbulence in different ways, but it would help to verify facts before going the social media route.
“At United Nigeria, we take safety seriously and as our number one priority and we reassure you that our crew exercise utmost care in all situations.
“We are in the rainy season and flight disruptions and turbulence will be experienced which regular travelers like you are well aware of.
“We hope you will provide accurate information to the public. Please contact us directly if you need more information.”