Arik Air explains incident on Lagos-Accra flight (W3 304)


Posted by Sade Williams


Arik Air management on Thursday, explained circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred on its flight W3 304 from Lagos to Accra on March 6, 2018 , saying the pilot of the flight declared an emergency in line with standard operating procedures, when unknown source of smoke was detected in the cabin 81 miles from Accra.


A statement signed by Ola Adebanji, the airline’s communications manager, however said relevant authorities in Ghana and Nigeria have been briefed about the incident.


Explaining further, he said the captain of the flight briefed the passengers accordingly assuring them that the aircraft was under control and safe for landing in Accra.


The aircraft, a Dash 8 Q400, he said landed safely in Accra without further incident and all passengers disembarked normally.


“The aircraft is currently parked in Accra and our team of engineers are conducting comprehensive inspections on the aircraft to ascertain the cause of the smoke, after which the aircraft will be flown without passengers to a maintenance facility for rectification and testing. The relevant aviation authorities in Ghana and Nigeria have been briefed appropriately on the incident”, he said.


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