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Air Peace releases statement on Lagos-Owerri Flight Incident

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The management of Air Peace has released a statement after its aircraft flying to Owerri from Lagos, had to return to the Lagos airport after take off.

A twitter user @VikkiAngelX had published a series of tweets, narrating what happened on the flight. The tweets read:

Today, a plane leaving Lagos for owerri left at 10am and landed back in Lagos at around 12:30. Twenty minutes after the take off the plane dropped suddenly (like your phone falling from your hand) to a lower altitude.

People screamed and after a while the pilot announced that he didn’t have enough fuel to continue to Owerri. And so the plane turned back to Lagos flying at a much lower altitude. Low enough to see the ground all the way back to Lagos. Making the journey over 2 hours

I don’t know what’s going on but (Air Peace) and the Nigerian aviation are using lives to play chess. This completely shook my day cos my mother was on that plane . Someone who hates flying and is hypertensive. She had to purposely stay calm or risk losing her life either way.

(Air Peace) you asked to know what happened, since you want to act unaware. Abysmal

Oh and more importantly the real story is that they lost an engine , not the fuel story the pilot cooked up to calm people.

In the statement signed by Chris Iwarah, its Corporate Communications Manager, the airline confirmed the incident, saying “Air Peace Lagos-Owerri Flight 7252 on Thursday returned to base after our crew observed that there was a change in cabin pressure”.

“In line with our standard operating procedure, the captain-in-command descended to a level where it would be comfortable for our valued guests, before making a return to base in line with global best practices in the aviation industry.

We wish to assure members of the public that the incident had nothing whatsoever to do with the engines of the aircraft nor was it a life-threatening situation.

The aircraft has since been thoroughly checked and confirmed serviceable. The aircraft went back into operations in less than an hour after going for maintenance checks.

Air Peace is renowned for its quality maintenance reputation and we assure members of the flying public that we will continue to sustain the high standards of our flight operations and professionalism to guarantee the safety of our valued guests and crew,” the statement added.

5 Comments

  1. Hotchick

    October 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    “Returned to service in less than 1hr?”

  2. anon2

    October 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    The explanation tallies with what the passenger said. I guess the pilot dropped altitude suddenly when he noticed the cabin pressure problem because he wanted to reduce the probability of any passenger suffering from breathing problems. Flying low and slowly was to ensure that the passengers had enough oxygen to breath properly. However, I think the pilot panicked and dropped altitude way too quickly.

  3. by_stander

    October 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    The air plane has two engines and is designed so it can fly with one engine if need be. losing an engine is no the end of the world.

    however if for some reason cabin pressure is lost, the airplane will need to descend else passenger could suffer effects suffocation and other medical conditions associated with losing atmospheric pressure (like boiling blood)

    when the plane has to fly at lower attitudes it consumes more fuel than normal and can not fly as fast due to wind resistance.

    So that could explain why it had to turn back due to lower available fuel for the journey.

    The real question is how did the plane loose cabin pressure?

    • E

      October 27, 2018 at 10:04 am

      First time liking your comment.

  4. DatEnuguChic

    October 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Hmmmm . I was palpitating while reading this. Those two hours would look like 20 hours. Thank God it ended in praise. Flying in Naija gives me headache. I never feel relaxed taking local flights. God help us all.

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