Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced an investigation into an incident involving a United Nigeria Airlines Embraer ERJ145, which occurred en route to Lagos from Abuja on Thursday.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, Dr. James Odaudu, signed on his behalf by the General Manager, of Public Affairs, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi.
The statement said the affected aircraft, marked: 5N-BWY, had 51 passengers and four crew members onboard during the incident.
According to the statement, the aircraft landed on Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and skidded off the runway but without any injury or fatality.
“The NSIB, hereby, solicits information from the general public in the form of pictures, video, or recording evidence to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.
“The NSIB will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT assume the cause of the serious incident until a formal report is released,” the statement said.
It stated that the bureau would release the preliminary report soon.
NSIB is a multimodal investigation agency charged with the mandate to investigate transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria.
This is to identify the probable causes and proffer safety recommendations that can prevent reoccurrence.