Africa: Air Peace Lagos-Owerri bound passengers fret as aircraft returns to base over pressurization
Passengers aboard Nigeria and West Africa fastest growing airline Air Peace were frightened on Thursday as the Owerri bound aircraft of the airline made a return to base few minutes after it took off.
According to a Facebook post by one of the passengers Mrs. Eileen Uwajumogu wife of a Senator from Imo state, who had boarded the flight from Lagos to Owerri “At Murtala Mohammed airport Lagos going to Owerri for an uncle’s burial with Air Peace airline. 20 minutes airborne, the pilot announced a return back to Lagos saying there was not enough fuel to continue journey but he lied. There were sparks in the engine. Magnify the Lord with me exalt the name of Jesus AMEN”.
But the airline in a statement clarified that the incident had nothing to do with the engine of the aircraft as it is being reported by some of the passengers.
The statement said: “Confirming the incident, the airline in a statement said: “We confirm that Air Peace Lagos-Owerri Flight 7252 on Thursday returned to base after our crew observed that there was a change in cabin pressure.
“In line with our standard operating procedure, the captain-in-command descended to a level where it would be comfortable for our valued guests, before making a return to base in line with global best practices in the aviation industry.
“Upon safely landing in Lagos, our guests on board, who had remained calm, were quickly transferred to an alternate aircraft and flown to Owerri.
“We wish to assure members of the public that the incident had nothing whatsoever to do with the engines of the aircraft nor was it a life-threatening situation.
“The aircraft has since been thoroughly checked and confirmed serviceable. The aircraft went back into operations in less than an hour after going for maintenance checks.
“Air Peace is renowned for its quality maintenance reputation and we assure members of the flying public that we will continue to sustain the high standards of our flight operations and professionalism to guarantee the safety of our valued guests and crew.
“We regret the inconvenience and discomfort caused our esteemed guests on board the flight.