By Abimbola Ogunnaike
An Abuja-bound Air Peace flight was distrupted by a bird strike while landing on Saturday, 9 April, 2023.
It was gathered that a bird strike refers to a situation where a bird collides with an aircraft during takeoff, landing, or while the plane is in flight.
A statement issued on Sunday, 9 April by the management of Air Peace and made available to media houses, explained that the aircraft which took off from Asaba, Delta State capital, landed safely, just as passengers disembarked safely too.
The airline further apologised and empathised with customers, whose flights were disrupted as a result of the incident, adding that an arrangement was made for another aircraft to operate on the rotation.
The statement read, “This is to inform the flying public and our esteemed customers that our Asaba-Abuja flight- P47866- had a bird strike upon landing in Abuja on Saturday, April 8, 2023,” the statement read.
“The aircraft, with Registration Number ES-SAZ, landed safely and passengers disembarked normally.
“While we deeply empathise with passengers whose flights have been consequently affected by this unforeseen development, the arrangement was made for another aircraft to operate Abuja-Asaba, Asaba-Lagos and other flights on that rotation.
“Be assured of our strict compliance with established safety standards.”
As at the time of filing in this report, the General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Safety and Investigation Bureau, Tunji Oketunbi, has yet to comment on the matter