66 Passengers And 6 Crew Narrowly Escape Death After Air Peace Aircraft Crash Lands
Sixty-six passengers and six crew members narrowly averted death when an Air Peace plane crashed into the Ilorin Airport in Kwara State.
When one of the plane’s tyres broke off around 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning upon arrival in Ilorin from Abuja, the passengers were reportedly “disembarked securely.”
The jet apparently landed with a thud, causing bags to fall on passengers, however, no one was reportedly wounded and no lives were lost as a result of the tragedy.
The effect of the disaster has compelled airport authorities to seal the runway for 24 hours and cancel all flights until the plane can be evacuated.
“As we speak, the tyre has been replaced, and the aircraft has been relocated from the runway,” said Stanley Olise, a spokeswoman for Air Peace, who verified the incident to The PUNCH on Saturday.
The airline denied claims that its plane had crashed at the airport in a statement released on Saturday, adding that its staff had reported the event to authorities as required by law.
“Our aircraft neither crashed nor crash-landed in Ilorin or in any place for that matter,” the statement partly read, adding that “Air Peace is committed to providing peaceful connectivity across cities and relentlessly observes the highest standards of safety in its operations.”
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the investigating body in charge of all aviation-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria, also confirmed that the incident occurred but said there was no plane crash.
A spokesperson for the AIB, Tunji Oketumbi explained that the aircraft had a burst tyre on landing, noting that investigators evaluated the incident and won’t be investigating it.
“Yes. It happened yesterday. AIB Safety investigators did an evaluation of the occurrence and decided not to investigate. The aeroplane has been released to the operator (Airpeace),” Oketumbi said.
“The delay in opening the airport is down to the recovery of the aeroplane from the runway by FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) and Airpeace. The aeroplane had a burst tyre on landing.”
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