AIB hands over investigation into Air Peace’s burst tyre to NCAA

AIB hands over investigation into Air Peace’s burst tyre to NCAA

The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB) has ceded the investigation into the Air Peace burst tyre incident to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos, on Thursday, March 11.

Oketunbi said since the occurrence fell under the purview of the NCAA, all further enquiries; from AIB on the incident should be addressed to the authority forthwith.

The general manager explained that the investigation was ceded to NCAA following a download of the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) that revealed the aircraft experienced a burst tyre during taxing.

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He said: “We refer to the occurrence involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, operated by Air Peace Ltd.

“The incident occurred at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.

“Initial findings made by AIB-N following a download of the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR); and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) revealed that the aircraft experienced a burst tyre during taxing.”

Oketunbi said the bureau would continue to operate under the purview of the law that established it.

Meanwhile, Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has supported the protests; embarked upon by the Nigerian workers over the proposed amendments to the minimum wage.

Falana made his stance known during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, March 10.

According to the lawyer, the march was in order.

“As far as I am concerned, the protest by the labour unions today was in order. And I do hope that members of the National Assembly and the various Houses of Assemblies in the country; will appreciate the need to prevent the payment of Starvation Wages in our country; which is what the National Minimum Wage is all about,” he said.

Falana further stated that no fewer than 18 states of the federation have breached the Minimum Wage act enacted in 2019.

He advised governors to prioritise projects in order to pay the minimum wage to works under their domain.

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