Dana Air has denied media reports that the door of one of its aircraft fell off after landing and whilst taxing in Abuja airport today.
In a statement the airline said "We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it.
By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinary cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger."
According to the statement, "when an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurized and there was no way the seat or door could have been 'shaking' as insinuated."
Dana Air said a thorough inspection was however carried out on the said aircraft upon landing in Abuja, by its engineers and a team from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and no issue was reported. There was also no threat to safety at any point.
The flight was only delayed for 8 minutes as we needed to demonstrate to the regulators that the safety and comfort of our guests is at the centre of our operations.
The airline, apologized to its guests for any inconvenience the report may have caused and for the delay on the return service to Lagos, saying it remains committed to global best practices.
A thorough investigation of the concerned passenger is ongoing, according to the statement.