Air Peace releases statement after fire alarm – The Chairman/CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema has released a statement following an incident with one of the airline’s planes.
The plane, which was headed to Lagos from Port-Harcourt, had to turn around and land after a fire alarm aboard the flight.
In his statement, Onyema stated that the fire alarm was false, and praised his team for their swift and efficient response.
His statement read:
This incident was caused by a false alarm. However, the safety of our passenger, crew and equipment is our number one priority, so the emergency evacuation procedure was duly followed and everyone disembarked without any incident only to discover that it was a false alarm.
As the Captain was taxing to go and park at the apron after landing, the tower informed him that there was smoke from the under belly of the aircraft thereby making the pilot to deploy the slides and all six doors for the passengers to be evacuated.
The fire fighters who were called by the tower did not see any smoke nor fire, likewise passengers. The engineers, the NCAA and other agencies witnessed that there was no smoke nor fire. It was a false fire alarm that led to the entire situation but Air Peace crew responded professionally in accordance with the books.
To prove the airworthiness of our fleet and that particular aircraft, the aircraft was cleared by the REGULATORS to depart for Lagos less than an hour later. If it was that a faulty machine, would that have happened?