The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB) has said that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, is in a better position to handle the investigation into the Air Peace burst tyre incident.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos, on Thursday, March 11.
Oketunbi said since the occurrence fell under the purview of the NCAA, all further enquiries; from AIB on the incident should be addressed to the Authority forthwith.
He explained that the investigation was ceded to NCAA following a download of the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) that revealed the aircraft experienced a burst tyre during taxing.
He said: “We refer to the occurrence involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, operated by Air Peace Ltd.
“The incident occurred at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.
“Initial findings made by AIB-N following a download of the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR); and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) revealed that the aircraft experienced a burst tyre during taxing.”
Oketunbi said the Bureau would continue to operate under the purview of the law that established it.