Posted by Sade Williams
The management of United Nigeria Air on Sunday, explained that the diversion of its Port Harcourt-Abuja flight to Port Harcourt (PHC) on June 4, 2021, was caused by inclement weather and no other thing as envisaged in some quarters.
In a statement signed by Mr. Achilleus Chud-Uchegbu, the airlines spokesman said the flight with number U50515, left Port Harcourt with ‘ clear and good forecast’, adding that it ran into turbulence on approach to Abuja.
“A United Nigeria on 4/6/2021 from Port-Harcourt to Abuja departed PHC with clear and good weather forecast. However on approaching Abuja , it experienced moderate turbulence which necessitated diverting back to Port Harcourt as weather conditions were below our operating requirements.
“The crew took the required and correct decision to return to PHC. Hence, at no time was the flight or aircraft in any danger whatsoever. Our experienced crew acted with utmost professionalism which the pax highly and profusely commended and complimented.
They praised United Nigeria for its high standards as well as professionalism. We however understand that pax react to weather turbulence in different ways, but it would help to verify facts before going the social media route.
” At United Nigeria, we take safety seriously and as our number one priority and we reassure you that our crew exercise utmost care in all situations.
“We are in the rainy season and flight disruptions and turbulence will be experienced which regular travelers like you are well aware of. We hope you will provide accurate information to the public. Please contact us directly if you need more information” , the airline said.