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Nigerians Express Concerns As Three Aircrafts Crash-lands In Two Weeks
Yinka Olajoyetan, Lagos
Air travellers have expressed concerns over repeated crash-landing of aircrafts belonging to Nigerian airlines during landing operations, urging the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to wield the big stick if need be.
Recall that a ValueJet aircraft on Tuesday crash-landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport, with the aircraft skidding off the runway during an emergency landing around 3:30 pm. Though details remain unclear, there are reports of injuries and, fortunately, no confirmed deaths.
The ValueJet incident is coming on the heels of an Aero Contractors Airlines Boeing 737 jet which crash-landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Sunday, 12th of November 2023; and a private HS25B aircraft operated by Flint Aero which narrowly escaped tragedy with a runway crash-landing at Ibadan Airport in Oyo State on the 4th of November, 2023.
Speaking with Kadecommunicationng, Mr. Paul Odita, a civil servant based in Abuja wondered why aircrafts are skidding off the runway in the past two weeks.
“I am beginning to have this fear that something drastic might happen if the NCAA doesn’t wield the big stick on errant airlines.
“Three aircrafts belonging to threw different airlines skidding off the runway within two weeks is not something that should be waived off by the regulators. It is definitely pointing towards safety issues, either on the part of the airlines or from somewhere else.
“The NCAA should investigate these occurences and wield the hammer if need be.
“No airline should be spared. Something dangerous could be lurking in the nearest future,” Mr. Odita told kadecommunicationng.
Also speaking, another air traveller, Funsho Olaoluwa wondered why the incidents are happening so close to each other.
“If I tell you I am not worried about these skidding off the runway by passenger aircrafts, I will be joking. It’s really getting at me because these things are happening so fast.
“Who knows what lies ahead? The regulators need to be up and doing. There should be an audit of the airlines. Something is just not right,” Mr. Olaoluwa told kadecommunicationng
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