IRS plane in air incidentThere was another aviation incident yesterday involving an IRS airline aircraft flight 3390, flying from Lagos to Kaduna.
The plane, a Fokker 100 registered 5N-HIR, developed hydraulic leakage shortly before landing at the Kaduna airport.
With 89 passangers and crew members on board, the aircraft departed the Murtala Muhammed Airport at about 9:30am.
Having discovered the fault, the pilot, using the Reverse Throuttle mechanism, landed safely and stopped the aircraft on the runway.
“The passengers disembarked safely after which the aircraft was towed away from the runway to the ramp,” said Joe Obi the media adviser to the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah.
Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, in another statement yesterday, said the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB) has commenced investigation into the incident.
He added: “The NCAA wishes to ensure all air travellers of their safety and (to) caution against magnifying a manageable incident out of proportion.”
IRS Managing Director Mr. Yemi Dada said the maintenance crew “inspecting, to confirm the cause of the warning to the crew.”
The Kaduna incident came nearly two weeks after the crash of the Associate. Aviation’s flight 361, an Embraer 120 plane, carrying the body of former Ondo State Governor Olusegun Agagu and 20 passengers and crew from Lagos to Akure.
Fourteen people died in the crash, which a preliminary investigation said was caused by pilot’s error.
After that crash, there was another incident involving a Dana Airline, which made an air return on its Port Harcourt route.
The airline’s licence was suspended by the Ministry of Aviation to enable it investigate its operations.
Also, a Kabo Air flight travelling to Mecca from Kano with over 400 people on board had a tyre fault on landing in Sokoto.