The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has begun investigation into Air Peace’s oxygen mask incident that occurred in the airline’s Lagos-Enugu flight on December 14, 2018.
The aircraft had experienced a change in cabin pressure en-route to Enugu which resulted to panic by some of the passengers. Some of the passengers had alleged that the oxygen masks did not function as expected but the claim was dismissed by the airline, explaining that the affected passengers did not fit their oxygen masks properly.
However, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA says the NCAA would investigate the incident in line with standards and international best practices and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015.
“At the conclusion of the investigation, the recommendations will be fully implemented,’’ he said.
Adurogboye adds that the investigation will be thorough and will include the review of the videos making the rounds in the social media, assuring all passengers that all aircraft operating in Nigeria are airworthy (fit to fly).
“Our ramp inspections have been strengthened accordingly with the seasonal increase in the volume of passengers,” he said warning all operating airlines to observe the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as any infractions will be treated in line with the provision of the Regulations.
Whenever there is a change in cabin pressure of an aircraft, the oxygen masks will automatically drop from the panel for use by passengers on board the aircraft.