Air Peace on Monday clarified that one of its aircraft had a deflated and not a burst tyre, on take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The airline made the clarification in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah and obtained by newsmen in Lagos.
Newsmen report that the flight, which was carrying 105 passengers from Lagos to Abuja, was aborted by the pilot due to the incident. Iwarah said:”At about 11am today, our Lagos-Abuja flight aborted take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 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 take-off. “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.” He assured Air Peace passengers and members of the public that the airline would continue to give top priority to their safety and comfort.