This report below was forwarded to us this evening by many people. This happened on the 6th 0f March 2018. So we decided to investigate. But first, take time to read.
HORRIBLE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: A NEAR CRASH INCIDENT ON ARIK AIR FLIGHT FROM LAGOS TO ACCRA ON TUESDAY 06/03/2018
I boarded Arik air flight W3304 to Accra on Tuesday 06/03/2018. The name of the aircraft is STEPHEN. It was a Dash 8 NextGen propeller aircraft. The flight took off precisely 7.20pm (Lagos time)
35 minutes into the 55 minutes flight, I started perceiving something smelling like a burning stuff. Shortly after the guy sitting next to me asked if I perceived any smell of burning stuff and that confirmed my worst fears. Before you could say jack, smoke has filled the cabin. The air hostesses were busy scampering around opening the cabins and the lavatories to check if they could trace the source of the smoke without success.
While that continued, the oxygen masks that were always being advertised during the safety demo prior to take-off couldn’t be released instead we were handed tissue papers (otherwise called serviets) to use to cover our noses to minimize and filter out possible carbon monoxide inhalation.
About 5 minutes after, precisely with 15 minutes of flight time remaining, the pilot came on the public address system to inform us that they have smoke coming into the cabin and that they don’t know the source and that they have DECLARED EMERGENCY”.
At that point we knew that our lives were only in God’s hands. Everyone prayed to his/her Gods.
To the glory of God, the flight successfully landed by 8.15pm (7.15pm Accra time) to the waiting of several fire service trucks at Kotoko International airport, Accra.
We were evacuated into a waiting bus with instruction to leave everything behind in the cabin. Sadly there was no Arik official to address us neither was there any manner of first aid attention given to the passengers to manage stress and possible elevated blood pressures.
After a while our cabin luggage were brought to us and we had to leave from there to go through the Ghana immigration to our individual destinations.
I’m highly discouraged that this near crash major incident was not reported in the media 2 days after (today is 08/03/2018) and I suspect a cover up by Arik and the authorities. So I have chosen to use the social media to ensure this news gets out.
Kindly keep forwarding this message till everybody is made aware of the quality and kind of services Arik air gives and the possible cover ups before something terrible happens.
If anyone is in doubt, I can be reached through email@example.com and I can provide my phone number for further verification.
Thanks for sharing with all your contacts and groups.”
Whilst we wait for official statement from the Airline, our Findings…
Operating Aircraft: Q,400.
Capacity: 70 passengers
Total no of Passengers onboard : 55
Total no of Operating Crew: 4
There was smoke in the Cabin. Crew tried to identify source. Captain was informed. Emergency landing declared.
Aircraft not fitted with drop down masks as mentioned in the report. So they could not have demonstrated the use of the oxygen drop down mask.
Source of smoke was not identified.
Crew carried out necessary drills.
A controlled evacuation was initiated on arrival. Passengers were asked to leave their bags behind.
They were eventually united with their bags.
The Crew carried out the necessary procedures and were as professional. as required.