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140 escape as Air Peace aircraft loses gear

Air Peace

An Air Peace flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos yesterday experienced a difficulty in landing which caused a tyre burst and damage to the aircraft’s nose wheel at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The aircraft with 133 passengers and six crew members after making emergency landing reportedly veered off the runway on 18R.

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However, passengers on board the flight were safely disembarked while authorities at the airport were swiftly mobilized to the scene.

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The incident, blamed on “sudden weather change” happened around 11:30 am, causing flight disruptions as the aircraft, a Boeing 737-300 with 5N- BQO, had not been evacuated from the runway as of the time of filing this report.

The 18R is the runway used by international flights while the other runway (18L) is only used for daytime operation at the domestic wing.

Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, who confirmed the incident, said Captain Ajibola, who commanded the flight and her crew handled the incident professionally.

He said Capt. Ajibola noticed sudden weather changes when approaching Lagos and demanded to land on the International runway which is longer and wider than the domestic runway.

In a statement, Olajide said: “After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partial collapse. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers via the passenger door.”

The Accident Investigation Bureau said it was notified of the incident and had commenced investigation.

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