Cows Invade Akure Airport Runway

A herd of cattle strayed onto the runway of Akure Airport this morning, preventing an Air Peace flight from Lagos from landing.

The Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Mr Chris Iwarah, confirmed the incident, saying “Flight P4 7002 from Lagos had to delay landing into Akure Airport on Saturday when the pilot-in-command sighted cows on the runway at about 12.15pm.

“On being alerted by control tower, aviation security personnel of the FAAN (FAAN AVSEC) quickly intervened and cleared the runway.

“The flight was eventually cleared to land after about seven minutes. Our guests on board were all calm while the delay lasted.”

In a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs , Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has apologised to Air Peace Airlines and its passengers for the incident.

She said :”However, normalcy was restored quickly, as officers of the aviation security department quickly dispersed the cows from the runway and the aircraft was cleared for landing.

“The authority will like to assure travellers and the general public that efforts are already ongoing to close the gap that aided this incident.

Air Peace Loses N3bn Over Flight Delays, Damaged Aircraft

Managing Director/CEO of Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema, has decried the rise in passenger attacks on airline staff and assets in recent weeks at some local airports, saying the trend poses serious threats to the safety of airline operations in the country.

Onyema, who stated this at a press conference in Lagos, also disclosed the loss of over N3 billion due to damages to some aircraft parts at the Lagos and Benin airports, which had also led to the grounding of the affected aircraft and the attendant flight cancellations and delays.

Said Onyema: “We lost three aircraft in one day; two of them in Lagos when there was a collision that destroyed the winglet of these aircraft, and the other incident happened in Benin airport when Sahcol (a ground handling company) damaged that aircraft.

“We had to ground these aircraft and look for how to fix them. In fact, we have lost over N3 billion in our operations. We had 24 flights affected and we had to plan in 24 hours how to solve this problem. It was not our making as this meant we had to reschedule or even cancel some flights and also make provisions to entertain the affected passengers at various airports.”  

Onyema said the delays and cancellation of flights had angered some passengers who resorted to molesting staff and destroying some facilities.

He said, “they abused our staff verbally, they beat up one of our elderly staff and stripped him naked and destroyed our facilities. They entered into the airside of an airport and stopped a flight from taking off in protest. This is what we now face from unruly and violent passengers who want to fly at all cost whenever flights are canceled or delayed. It is not done anywhere in the world. Passengers misbehaving this way around an aircraft poses a threat to the aircraft because anyone among them can throw something and sabotage the aircraft. It is the time the government takes steps to protect airlines and staff so it doesn’t lead to self-defence by airlines,” he added.  

The Air Peace boss also demanded that the government puts an end to the sale and consumption of alcohol inside airport premises, saying some of the actions of the unruly passengers were as a result of intoxication.

He also demanded that the government should set up a committee to review the various taxes paid by airlines to various airports and regulatory agencies as the multiple taxation regimes, when combined with the high cost of aviation fuel, was posing a serious threat to the survival of airlines in the country.    

Onyema also said local airlines were having difficulties reciprocating some routes within the West African sub-region under the Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) signed by the Federal Government with those countries. He cited Cameroon, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire as some of the countries frustrating Air Peace from flying into their countries through various bureaucratic bottlenecks and he promised to challenge their actions in Nigerian courts.  

Source: Sun News

Air Peace suffers burst tyre at Murtala Muhammed International Airport

The incident happened on Monday, February 27, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) which added that this incident forced the pilot to abort the flight which was on its way to Abuja, the country’s capital.

The report quoted the spokesperson of the airline, Christian Iwarah, as confirming the incident and adding that there was no serious damage to the aircraft and no passenger was injured.

“The incident happened around 11a.m. as the aircraft was about to take off. The pilot immediately turned around and the passengers were disembarked.

“Another aircraft was provided for them and I can confirm to you that they arrived in Abuja safely a few hours ago,” he reportedly said.

The general manager in charge of public relations at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Sam Adurogboye, said he could not confirm if the incident had been filed with the regulatory authority, but added that the pilot acted according to the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.



Lagos-bound Plane Returns To Port-harcourt Over Fire Alarm

A Lagos-bound Air Peace plane on Saturday made an air return some minutes after taking off from the Port Harcourt International Airport, according to an official.

The General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Adurogboye said an alarm was raised about fire in the cabin which forced the pilot to make the air return.

“The flight crew did the right thing by returning to base to check the situation,’’ he said.

The NCAA spokesman, however, said the aircraft did not crash land, adding that there was no panic as the pilot properly briefed the passengers before landing safely.

“Air return is a precautionary flight safety procedure that must be adopted in the event of a snag.

“The pilot acted according to Standard and Recommended Practices,” Adurogboye said.

He also reiterated the NCAA’s commitment to safety of Nigeria’s aviation sector.

NAN leant that another aircraft was later provided to convey the passengers to Lagos.