Tyre loss: Air Peace aborts Abuja flight

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

An Air Peace B737 aircraft Abuja-bound flight was aborted on Monday morning after the aircraft with flight number 4P7198 allegedly lost three of its tyres as it prepared for take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The aircraft was departing for Abuja at 10.40am when the incident happened.

A passenger on the flight told our correspondent that everyone disembarked from the aircraft after the incident and the management made plans to put them in another aircraft for the journey.

The airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah, however, said the Lagos-Abuja flight’s take-off was aborted at 11am when the pilot-in-command suspected that there was an issue with one of the tyres of the aircraft.

He said passengers on board were transferred to another aircraft to ensure they did not miss their appointments.

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Iwarah added, “The passengers were all calm as it was not a life-threatening incident. There was no question of air return as our very experienced flight crew noticed the development much before take-off.

“Because of the premium we place on safety, our pilots are under a duty to call for checks when they suspect any fault, however, basic it may be. That was what happened in this case.”

He said it was initially suspected to be a case of burst tyre, but the airline’s engineering department later inspected the aircraft and confirmed that one of the tyres got deflated and the issue was addressed.

“We wish to assure our loyal customers, air travellers and the general public that we will continue to accord their comfort and safety top priority as we have maintained since commencement of our flight operations,” he added.

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