The Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB), Nigeria said it has been notified on the November 5, 2019 serious incident involving a Boeing 737-500 aircraft operated by Air Peace, with registration marks, 5N-BUJ and has also commence investigation.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Nigeria, Tunji Oketunbi
According to him the aircraft, which departed Murtala Muhammad Airport at 0735 local time was enroute Owerri from Lagos with 90 passengers and six crew members on board.
He added that from the information provided by the Air Traffc Control (ATC), the flight crew declared engine failure at 07:47 local time and subsequently made an air return to Lagos.
The aircraft, he stated landed safely at 08:06 local time, adding that all the occupants disembarked with no injury. The AIB team of safety investigators, he said 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, “ Oketunbi said.
The Bureau appeals to the media and the public to respect the privacy of the people involved and not to pre-empt the cause of the serious incident.
Air Peace Corporate Communications Executive, Stanley Olisa confirmed the statement in a statement made available to aviation correspondents.
The statement reads, “Today at about 07:47 local time, our Lagos to Owerri flight, which was already airborne was aborted when the Pilot in Command (PiC) noticed a change in the parameter of one of engines.
He reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures
“The aircraft safely landed in Lagos at about 08: 06 local time. There were no injuries as the passengers were safely disembarked from the aircraft.”
He continued, “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.”