AIB re­leases pre­lim­i­nary re­port on Med-view’s in­ci­dent

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

THE Ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion Bu­reau Nige­ria has re­leased a pre­lim­i­nary re­port on an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Boe­ing 737-500 air­craft owned and op­er­ated by Med­view Air­line.

The AIB on sun­day said that from ini­tial find­ings, the flight, which had 27 pas­sen­gers and six crew mem­bers on board, ex­pe­ri­enced loss of pres­suri­sa­tion on des­cent into the Mur­tala Muhammed in­ter­na­tional Air­port, Lagos, and re­quested for pri­or­ity land­ing with­out ini­tially dis­clos­ing the na­ture of the emer­gency.

The Med-view air­craft with na­tion­al­ity and reg­is­tra­tion marks 5N-BQM was en route to the MMIA, Lagos, from Abuja on July 23, 2019, when the in­ci­dent oc­curred at 2,000 feet above mean sea level, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The bu­reau, how­ever, stated that the air­line failed to re­port the in­ci­dent as re­quired by reg­u­la­tion 13(1) of the Civil Avi­a­tion (In­ves­ti­ga­tion of Ac­ci­dents and in­ci­dents) Reg­u­la­tions 2019, ad­ding that it be­came aware of the in­ci­dent from the news media.

“The pre­lim­i­nary re­ports are not the fi­nal re­ports as they con­tain de­tails of the ini­tial facts, dis­cus­sions and find­ings sur­round­ing the oc­cur­rences; which in­clude in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from wit­ness state­ments, flight recorders, Health and Us­age Mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem Data, flight Data Mon­i­tor­ing data, and pre­lim­i­nary in­spec­tion of the ac­ci­dent sites and the wreck­age,” the bu­reau said.

The AIB said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still on­go­ing on the in­ci­dent and fi­nal re­port would be re­leased at the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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