The management of Air Peace has provided details about the development that led its pilots to abort a flight bound for Abuja on Monday morning.
In a statement by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, the airline confirmed that the incident, which occured around 11am, was due to “an issue with one of the tyres of the aircraft”.
It, however, said it wasn’t life-threatening and that the passengers were transferred to another plane and embarked on their journey soon afterwards.
The statement read, “At about 11am today, our Lagos-Abuja flight aborted takeoff at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos when the pilot-in-command suspected that there was an issue with one of the tyres of the aircraft.
“Passengers on board were transferred to another aircraft to ensure they did not miss their appointments.
“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 takeoff. 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.
“Although it was initially suspected to be a case of burst tyre, our Engineering Department later inspected the aircraft and confirmed that one of the tyres got deflated. The issue has since been addressed.”
The airline assured its customers that their safety and comfort remained a priority and would remain so.