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Aero Contractors Skids Off Runway At Jos.

Old 22nd Aug 2010, 08:08
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Aero Contractors Skids Off Runway At Jos.

Eighty-seven passengers and five crew members escaped death yesterday when a Boeing 737-500 aircraft belonging to Aero Contractors faltered while attempting to land at the Jos Airport.
The aircraft, with registration number: 5N BLE, which was on a scheduled flight service from Lagos to Jos, skidded off the runway while landing due to wet surface. But the aircraft lost its two nose wheels in the process, while the passengers were evacuated immediately.
Confirming the incident, the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Deba Uwadiae, said in a statement last night that: “Aero aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 with registration number 5N-BLE on a scheduled flight from Lagos to the Jos Airport on Saturday August 21,2010 had its two nose tyres punctured on landing on the runway at about 6pm.
“This led to handling difficulties by the pilot who, however, controlled the aircraft safely without any damage. All the passengers on board were safely disembarked from the aircraft.
“The Head of Flight Operations, Captain Akin George, said that ‘Aero has promptly dispatched engineers to the airport to fix the tyres while it awaits officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA to inspect the aircraft before returning it to flight’,” he said.
Uwadiae also said that there were no issues on the air worthiness of the plane as “The Boeing 737-500 aircraft recently returned from a C-Check abroad.”
Commenting on the accident, Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, said the aircraft faltered while about to land because of low-level wind shear and overshot the runway, as its left landing gear stuck in the mud, losing a tyre in the process.
“Aero aircraft encountered a low-level wind shear, which led the left side tyre to go into flame and the aircraft to over-shoot the runway. There was no casualty.”
Demuren said everything was under control as all concerned aviation agency officials were on hand to assess the incident.
According to eye witness account, it was difficult for the aircraft to land and when it did it nearly caught fire but firemen were on hand to put it off. Since the aircraft landed, all the passengers and airport officials did not leave the scene of incident and the passengers were yet to disembark from the aircraft.
General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Akin Olukunle, also confirmed the incident and referred newsmen to NCAA for the details of the near crash.



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Above was copied from thisday.Does any one have more information?

I suspect the fire might have been due to anti-skid failure or over heated breaks, rather than windshear as reported by NCAA boss engineer Demuren!

Well done to the crew and fire fighters for saving the day.
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 11:11
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Was expecting this kind of headline in the National Papers today..

Mr Demuren should please show us the report he got from his NCAA Investigators less than 24hrs after the incident to come up with this story of his

"Commenting on the accident, Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, said the aircraft faltered while about to land because of low-level wind shear and overshot the runway, as its left landing gear stuck in the mud, losing a tyre in the process.
“Aero aircraft encountered a low-level wind shear, which led the left side tyre to go into flame and the aircraft to over-shoot the runway. There was no casualty.”
Demuren said everything was under control as all concerned aviation agency officials were on hand to assess the incident. "

All I can say is the crew operating the Jos schedule are highly experienced and very competent individuals.....
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 15:17
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Is it true chanchangi's 732 also had a similar incidence in Kaduna 2 days ago?
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 15:59
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chanchangi.

Heard they came in low on approach and hit the ALS damaging the fuselage.the ACFT involved is the only one operating.This happened at DNKA.
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that's probably why DNKA was closed to traffic yesterday. I heard they damaged the ILS antenna's at the airport with their lone B732.
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Old 23rd Aug 2010, 20:37
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Yes both crew members are experienced and competent pilots. It does look like low level windshear from initial investigations. A storm had just passed over the airfield.

Aircraft ended up on centerline and not off the end of the rwy.

By the way there was no fire.

Thank God no injuries or loss of life.

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