AIB releases preliminary reports on serious incidents involving Air Peace aircraft

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria has released three preliminary findings on serious incidents involving B737-300s marked 5N-BUK and 5N-BQO and B737-500 marked 5N-BRN, operated by Air Peace Limited.

In the report on the serious incident involving a Boeing aircraft marked 5N-BUK which occurred at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on May 15, 2019, the initial findings revealed that the flight crew were certified and qualified to conduct the flight in accordance with applicable regulations and the aircraft landed on runway 18Rat 19:34 h.

AIB said the aircraft was taxied to the apron and the passengers disembarked normally.

However, the agency said it was notified of the incident three weeks after the occurrence.

“AIB became aware of this occurrence via phone call from a passenger onboard the incident flight on the 5th of June 2019, three weeks after the incident.

“AIB contacted the operator and subsequently, investigators were dispatched to the corporate office of Air Peace Limited on the 6th of June 2019, to make further enquiries.

“A visit to the aircraft and subsequent evaluation revealed evidence of significant damage to the aircraft structure and its No. 2 engine. The aircraft had been declared unserviceable and grounded by the operator since the date of the incident, for further maintenance evaluation.

“The AIB on the basis of these findings, commenced investigation into the circumstances of the occurrence under the provisions of Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 2016 and Annex 13 of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” it stated.

Besides, it said the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) recording of the occurrence was overwritten

AIB also released the report on the serious incident involving the airline’s B737-500 aircraft marked 5N-BRN which occurred at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt on June 22, 2019.

Besides, it published the report on the serious incident involving the carrier’s B737-300 aircraft marked 5N-BQO at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on July 23, 2019.

The preliminary reports are not final as they contain details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences which include information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) Data, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) data, and preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckages.

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