NCAA Commences Investigation Into Dana Air Incident At Abuja Airport

Sunday, 11 Feb, 2018

Dana Air passengers suffered a scary landing when one of the emergency doors fell off on the runway.

"We need to also get the engineers to give their report", a staff of the airline's corporate communications department said.

A source close to the scene of the incident at Abuja Airport told our correspondent that the aircraft, an MD 83 had departed Lagos for Abuja with about 120 passengers on board. "The aircraft is back in Lagos and it was from Lagos that we carried out the investigation on the aircraft".

A doctor who flew on a Dana Airlines craft tweeted her concern about a broken exit door which fell off while the plane was landing.

Another passenger, Dapo Sanwo, told the BBC: "The cabin crew tried to say a passenger pulled the hatch which everyone denied. Was so unsettling. I just thought it was a screw loose, Didn't think it would actually just fall off".

"By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinary can not fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger".

"By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft is plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily can not fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger".

"When we landed and the plane was taxiing back to the park point, we heard a poof-like explosion, followed by a surge of breeze and noise".

NCCA made the announcement on Wednesday after one of the passengers, Ola Brown, made the claim in a twitter message.

Following widespread reporting of the incident, Dana Air released a statement which read: "We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it".

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has set up a four-man probe team to look into the alleged claim that the door of an aircraft belonging to Dana Air was shaky while on flight and eventually fell off upon landing in Abuja. "We wish to apologise to our guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos", Ezenwa said.

Dana Air in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, however, said the door could not have fallen off without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it, assuring that the airline was investigating the incident. "When an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurized and there was no way the seat or door could have been "shaking" as insinuated".