Cape Town – The management of West Africa’s leading airline, Air Peace has reportedly dismissed reports that its Lagos-Johannesburg flight crash-landed over the weekend, as speculated by some individuals on social media.
In a statement, the airline confirmed that the flight crew only had to land the aircraft firmer than usual due to a sudden crosswind, according to Business Hallmark.
“We have noticed a particular post on social media purporting that our Lagos-Johannesburg flights crash-landed on Sunday, November 14, 2021. This is to set the records straight and correct the information in the public domain.
“The aircraft did not crash land. But due to a sudden crosswind, the flight crew had to land the aircraft firmer than usual. A crosswind is the component of wind which blows across the runway and consequently makes landing or takeoff a little challenging as it opposed to when the wind is blowing straight down the runway,” the report quoted the airline as saying.
A report by Nairametrics said this was the second time that Air Peace cleared the air on alleged crash-landing within six months.
In June, the report said, the airline had to clear the air “on the alleged near-crash of one of its aircraft. It disclosed that it was the plane’s tyre that blew out after landing at the Ilorin Airport in Kwara State”.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu