By Samson Echenim
Nigeria’s largest carrier, Air Peace, has said its Boeing 737-300 5N-BQQ, which nose-wheel was reportedly damaged while landing at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, is airworthy and has no fault.
Following an in-house preliminary investigation, Godfrey Ogbogu, the airline’s safety manager, said the hard landing of the aircraft from Port Harcourt, which cost its nose wheel was not connected to the serviceability of the aircraft, noting that the aircraft may have been landed harder than intended.
“The landing incident of flight P4 7191 at MMIA on the 23rd of July 2019, has nothing to do with the air worthiness of the airplane.
“Our preliminary in-house investigation indicates that in a bid to make a positive touchdown as required by procedures during such wet weather operations, the pilot landed the airplane harder than intended which affected the nose-wheel,” Ogbogu said.
He maintained that there were no issues with the airworthiness of the aircraft as the airline assures of best maintenance practices at all times and spares no resources to that effect.
“The management wishes to assure the flying public that Air Peace Ltd has never stopped appraising its safety practices and procedures as demanded by industry standards,” he stated.
Air Peace’s B737 aircraft 5N-BQO piloted by Simisola Ajibola and her crew were said to have observed sudden weather changes which made them change the domestic runway they were suppose to land on to the international runway.