The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced investigation into the Air Peace’s oxygen mask incident that reportedly occurred in the airlines Lagos-Enugu service at the weekend.
In an official statement issued yesterday and signed by the agency’s general manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, it stated that the investigation was in line with standards and international best practices. According to NCAA, the investigation would be thorough and would include the review of the videos making the rounds in the social media.
“The investigation will be conducted in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015. At the conclusion of the investigation, the recommendations will be fully implemented. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to assure all passengers that all aircraft operating in Nigeria are airworthy (fit to fly). Our Ramp inspections have been strengthened accordingly with the seasonal increase in the volume of passengers,” he said.
NCAA equally warned all operating airlines to observe the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as any infractions would be treated in line with the provision of the regulations.
Meanwhile, Air Peace has dismissed reports alleging that one of its aircraft almost crashed on the Lagos-Enugu route on Friday, describing the claims as an unfortunate misrepresentation of facts.
A statement issued by the airline’s corporate communications manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, yesterday said the aircraft experienced a change in cabin pressure enroute to Enugu and its flight crew had to do the normal technical manoeuvre by descending to a level comfortable enough for passengers on board.
The carrier debunked insinuations that the aircraft involved in the incident might not have been properly maintained, explaining that the aircraft secured a renewal of its certificate of airworthiness (C of A) on December 10.
The aircraft, the airline added, also went for its mandatory comprehensive maintenance checks (C-checks) abroad and got its certificate of release to service (CRS) in September 2017. C-checks are normally done on aircraft every 18 months. At the end of the checks, a CRS is issued to confirm the maintenance done.
Air Peace insisted that its aircraft were not only maintained at some of the best facilities in the world, but also had a reputation for spending millions of dollars on each C-check exercise to ensure its aircraft were in top shape because of the premium it placed on the lives of its customers and crew.
The carrier said in line with its strict maintenance and safety standards, it had retained the services of BCT Aviation of the United Kingdom for its routine maintenance programme on ground its base in Lagos 24 hours of the day throughout the year. The airline described change in cabin pressure as a common occurrence in aviation across the world, including Europe and America.
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