The management of Dana Air has reacted to the ongoing news round social media said the door of its aircraft fell off because a passenger attempted to open it.
According to the viral news, a Nigerian doctor, Ola Orekerin, divulged the news on Twitter as she described a terrifying situation aboard a Dana flight in Nigeria. She stated in a tweet some two hours ago that throughout a flight on the airplane, the exit door seems unstable only to fall off the plane as soon as it landed.
DANA Air today debunked falsehood alleging that the door of one of its aircraft fell off after landing and whilst taxing in Abuja earlier today.
Some online publications had started posting reports that the door of one of the airline’s aircraft fell off but stated that the allegations were not only untrue and damaging but categorically could never have happened without a conscious effort 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.
They also apologize to their guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos.
A statement by Dana Air of the alleged incident 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".