By Kunle Adedoyin
Captain Simisola Ajibola, an Air Peace pilot, who operated the flight of July 23, which had nose wheel collapse, has said the aircraft did not have any problem until it landed at the airport.
This came just as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority disclosed that t has carried out technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft with a view to ensuring the airline is in compliance with extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations.
The latest mishap involving Air Peace happened when the aircraft, which was on approach to the Lagos airport from Port Harcourt had its nose wheel collapsed upon landing on runway 18R, and the nose wheel tyre sheared off.
Ajibola told journalists in an interview on Friday that the incident, which took place on the runway of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos happened after the aircraft had touched down.
“It wasn’t the first flight of that day and when we flew the aircraft, it was perfectly in good shape. We had very serviceable aircraft because our airplanes are machines that are well maintained.
“The report about initial landing without tyres is not true. The incident happened after we had touched down. I didn’t go into the air without tyres and we weren’t on a descent without tyres. Some reports said we called for emergency while in the air but that is not true. It was after we landed that we asked for emergency services. So, whatever happened was on the runway that day.”
The NCAA said on Sunday that the audit was to also mitigate the reoccurrence of the July 23, 2019 incident involving the airline’s aircraft on the runway of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The regulatory agency in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said, “This technical audit was not limited to this recent incident. The airline operational, technical and safety performance in the last 12 months were also scrutinised.
“It revealed that all the operational aircraft on the fleet of Air Peace Limited are airworthy. This is to assure the flying public that all the aircraft on the fleet of NCAA authorised Air Operators Certificate holders operating in Nigeria are airworthy.”
The NCAA said it would continue to ensure that only airworthy aircraft are permitted to operate in the country.
On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at about 10.28 am an Air Peace B737-300 aircraft with registration number 5N- BQO had an incident on landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
NCAA disclosed that its sister agency, the Accident Investigation Bureau is currently investigating the incident to determine the immediate and remote causes as required by international standards stipulated in the International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 13.