Nigeria: NCAA Refutes Reports of Air Peace Aircraft Accident

The official says the Air Peace aircraft only experienced a tyre burst in the course of taxiing.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has categorically denied any reported air accident involving Air Peace or any other airlines, Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, said in a statement in Lagos, on Saturday.

Mr Adurogboye said the attention of the authority had been drawn to a sensational report that was trending that an aircraft belonging to Air Peace B737-500, with registration mark 5N-BQR, was involved in an air crash in Ilorin, on July 23.

"As a matter of fact, the said aircraft, which departed from Abuja successfully, landed in Ilorin. It only experienced a tyre burst in the course of taxiing.

"Meanwhile, all the 66 passengers and six crew members onboard were disembarked without any issues whatsoever on the same day.

"The Authority wishes to enjoin the travelling public to disregard such false and reckless presentations," he said.

Mr Adurogboye urged the media to partner, inculcate professionalism and avoid publishing false news that was capable of injuring blossoming reputations.

He said the NCAA was committed to ensuring safe and secure air transport in Nigeria and would stop at nothing to ensure that its record of over eight years of zero accident and fatality, in scheduled flight operations, continued.

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