Passengers aboard a Nigerian air carrier, Dana Airline, were sent into a state of panic when the door of their plane fell off upon landing.
One of the passengers on the flight, Ola Brown, took to his Twitter page to narrate his experience.
“Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout flight. As we touched down, it fell off. Scary stuff,” he wrote on twitter.
“I was closer to the front so when I heard the sound, (I) thought it was an explosion. (I) couldn’t quite comprehend that it (the door) had just fallen off.”
Another passenger, Dapo Sanwo, said the door panel was loose all through the flight. He described the situation as an indication of “lack of maintenance.”
Below is Mr. Brown’s tweet:
Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down it fell off. Scary stuff. pic.twitter.com/eDtTlNi2TZ
— Ola Brown(Orekunrin) (@NaijaFlyingDr) February 7, 2018
Reacting to the claims, the airline said the allegations were untrue, adding that the incident “could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it.”
A statement by Dana Air read,”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 ordinary 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 pressurized and there was no way the seat or door could have been ‘shaking’ as insinuated.”
“A thorough inspection was however carried out on the said aircraft upon landing in Abuja, by our engineers and a team from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and no issue was reported. There was also no threat to safety at any point.”
“The flight was only delayed for 8 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 apologize to our guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos.”
“A thorough investigation of the concerned passenger is ongoing.
As one of the oldest and most experienced airline in Nigeria, we remain committed to global best practices.”