Dana Air blames passenger for aircraft exit door incident

Dana Air said on Wednesday that a passenger was responsible unauthorised opening of one of its aircraft exit doors after landing and still taxing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

A statement by airline’s Communications Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, said that a investigation of passenger allegedly involved in incident was ongoing.

According to reports credited to some online media, the incident which occurred on Wednesday morning, created panic among the passengers aboard the aircraft.

“We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it.

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

“We also wish to enlighten the author that when an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurised and there was no the seat or door could have been ‘shaking’ as insinuated.”

However, Ezenwa said a inspection was carried out on the said aircraft upon landing in Abuja by the airline’s and a team from the Nigerian Civil Authority (NCAA) and that no issue was reported.

“There was also no threat to safety at any point.

“The flight was delayed eight minutes as we needed to demonstrate to the regulators that the safety and comfort of our guests is at the centre of our operations.

“We wish to apologise to our guests any inconvenience such report have caused and the slight delay on the return service to Lagos.

“A investigation of the concerned passenger is ongoing.”

Ezenwa said Dana Air, as one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Nigeria, remained committed to global best practices. (NAN)

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