It was a mixture of panic and confusion for passengers of the Nigerian air carrier, Dana Airline, as the door of one of its aircrafts reportedly fell off upon landing with some occupants saying the door panel had been loose throughout the flight.
Sanwo said it showed the aircraft lacked maintenance.
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Ola Brown, another passenger on board tweeted the incident expressing frustration and explaining that it was a scary experience.
According to Brown, the Exit Door of the aircraft was unstable all through the flight, adding that it fell off as soon as the aircraft landed.
“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," he said.
In its reaction, the management of Dana Air confirmed the incident but said it happened because a passenger attempted to open it.
A statement signed by Kingsley Ezenwa, the media and communications manager at Dana Air, added: “We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it (exit door).”
According to him, the emergency exit door of the airline’s aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort made to open it 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,” the statement explained.
“There was also no threat to safety at any point.
“The flight was only delayed for 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.
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“We wish to apologise to our guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos,” the statement said adding that the incident would be investigated.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a Nigerian man on an Emirates flight to Chicago alleged that the flight crew punched him, and then bound him and taped his mouth shut for eight hours on his trip to reunite with his family.
The 71-year-old David Ukesone alleged that during his January 23, flight, he was bound, tied up and punched by Emirates flight crew on the second leg of his trip from Dubai to Chicago.
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