An Air Peace aircraft on a flight from Lagos to Owerri, Imo State, yesterday returned to Lagos following a false alarm by a passenger that there was smoke in the cabin. This prompted the captain to turn around to confirm the claim.
After checks by the airline’s engineers, it was confirmed that there was no smoke anywhere in the aircraft.
The spokesman, Chris Iwarah, said the Owerri-bound flight had to return to Lagos as a precautionary measure in line with the airline’s zero-risk policy.
The flight, the statement said, landed smoothly in Lagos with passengers on board maintaining calm.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has renewed the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of the airline after months of rigorous audit of its operations.
The AOC signed by the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Usman Muhtar, said Air Peace was authorised to undertake scheduled, cargo and charter operations.
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