AIB investigates serious incident involving Air Peace B737-500 aircraft

The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB Nigeria team of safety investigators have commenced investigation into a serious incident involving a Boeing 737-500 aircraft operated by Air Peace, with registration marks, 5N-BUJ.

The AIB said it was notified of the serious incident by the airline.

A statement by the general manager, Public Affairs of AIB Nigeria, Mr Tunji Oketunbi said the aircraft which departed Murtala Muhammed Airport at 0735 local time was enroute Owerri from Lagos with 90 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

The accident investigation bureau explained that from the information provided by the Air Traffic Control (ATC), the flight crew declared engine failure at 07:47 local time and subsequently made an air return to Lagos, while the aircraft landed safely at 08:06 local time.

“All the occupants disembarked with no injury.
The AIB team of safety investigators has commenced investigation.
As the sole Agency mandated to undertake the investigation of aircraft accidents and serious incidents, the Bureau wants the public to know that it would be open to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence or information that may assist in this investigation,” the Bureau said in the statement.

AIB appealed to the Press and the Public to respect the privacy of the people involved and not to pre-empt the cause of the serious incident.

Meanwhile, Air Peace in their reaction explained that at about 07:47 local time, its Lagos to Owerri flight, which was already airborne was aborted when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of engines.

The airline in a statement signed by its corporate communications executive, Mr. Stanley Olisa said the Pilot reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.

Olisa stated that the aircraft landed safely in Lagos at about 08: 06 local time.

” There were no injuries as the passengers were safely deboarded from the aircraft.
The pilot has reported the incident to appropriate authorities.
Air Peace apologises for the incident and assures its customers and other Nigerians that it continues to maintain high safety standard in its operations,” Air Peace noted in their statement.

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