Some hours after the Air peace near crash incident, a Boeing 737-500 Aircraft marked 5N-BOM belonging to Medview Airline made an emergency landing due to cabin depressurisation. On board were 27 passengers and 6 crew who were obviously full of gratitude for escaping the harrowing experience.
According to a statement issued by Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the incident took place on Tuesday as the flight which was en-route Lagos from Abuja ran into trouble when “a cabin altitude warning came on at FL 320 followed by deployment of oxygen masks which necessitated the crew to carry out emergency descent procedure.
“Our team of safety investigators have commenced an investigation. As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident that can assist us with this investigation.”
The incident which happened at about 3:07 pm local time on July 23rd 2019, did not record any fatality. The bureau however appealed to the public including the media to respect the privacy of the people involved by not assuming the cause of the accident until a formal report is released.
According to information gathered, the Medview Airline incident which happened the same day a sister airline, Air Peace lost its rear tyre when the pilot made a hard landing at the international airport runway of the Lagos airport due to bad weather, made it the third incident that took place the same day. It was also reported that an outbound Turkish Airline aircraft from the international wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos airport aborted its flight due an undisclosed malfunction.
Medview Airline has also confirmed the incident saying that flight VL 2105 en route Lagos from Abuja on Tuesday experienced cabin depressurisation while descending from 32 , 000 ft altitude .
The airline’ s Chief Operating Officer , Mr Michael Ajigbotoso said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday .
Ajigbotoso said the Captain noticed a warning sign of cabin depressurisation while descending from 32000ft altitude and immediately briefed passengers on board on the development .
He said the pilot then referred to the checklist and applied the necessary procedure to mitigate the situation.
The oxygen masks dropped and were in good working condition for the passengers’ usage .
“The captain called for priority landing because he had been on number seven on queue , ’’ he said .
Ajigbotoso said the pilot – in – command was obliged and he made a safe landing , adding that the passengers were calm since it did not pose a serious danger.
He said the incident was promptly reported to the necessary authorities and investigation was ongoing .
Ajigbotoso said the situation was professionally handled according to required operational standard procedures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Med- View Airline Boeing 737 – 500 aircraft , with registration number 5 N- BQM , was coming from Abuja when the incident occurred around 3 :10 p . m .
The aircraft had 27 passengers and six crew members onboard and there was no fatality.