AON Frowns At Sensational Reporting of Max Air Tyre Burst Incident  



Posted by Sade Williams


Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has decried the sensational reporting of the incident involving Max Air flight that had emergency landing and suffered burst tyre at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and said such exaggerated report creates unnecessary fears in the minds of the flying public.

In a statement released by AON and signed by its Vice President and Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, the Association said that such incident can happen to any airline.

“Today, an aircraft belonging to Max Air which took off from Yola Airport had a tyre burst on landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. No passenger or crew was hurt in the incident as all passengers and crew were safely evacuated.

“While we thank God Almighty for His protection of all on board that aircraft, we, in AON, decry the penchant for sensational reporting anytime such incident occurs. Tyre bursts occur now and then in the industry and has nothing to do with the airline’s safety standards. Such reports only tend to create unnecessary fears in the minds of the unsuspecting flying public and, as such, counter productive,” the statement said.

The body also said that Max Air is a safe airline with good safety record and therefore should not be ridiculed because of this incident.

“AON states that Max Air is one of the safest airlines in the world and should not be ridiculed because of this incident. Tyre burst can happen to any airline in the world. We plead with the flying public to be mindful of the consequences of sensationalizing such occurrences in aviation, as it may be used by outsiders to affect the county’s rating.

“All Nigerian airlines are under a very strict oversight by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), hence no room for unsafe practices by any Nigerian airline. This tyre burst incident does not and, will never, detract from Max Air’s well-known safety standards,” the statement also said.



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