***Airline Blames Bad Weather And Poor Instrument Landing System.
By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos
Following the serious incident which occurred on the 7th, September, 2019 involving Max Air Boeing 747-400 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-DBK, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has stated that the aircraft on landing screeped Runway 25 at Minna International Airport, Minna, Niger State while the No 1 engine brushed the runway surface.
In response to speculations that the aircraft crash-landed, The Director Flight Operations, Max Air, Capt. Ibrahim G. Dilli explained in a statement that at the time of arrival there was heavy torrential rain with unstable winds adding that the instrument landing system at the airport was epileptic with unreliable signals which led to the serious incident.
According to the statement signed by the AIB spokesperson, the incident occurred during the final approach on Runway 23 at the Airport.
“The Aircraft took off King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with 560 Passengers and 19 crew members on board.
“From the Information provided the aircraft on landing screeped the runway while the No. 1engine brushed the runway surface and no injury reported.
“Our team of safety investigations has commenced investigations.
Capt Dilli said “our pilots executed an approach using their wealth of experience and knowledge of the terrain and environment to a safe landing and stop on the runway, during which one of the engines slightly brushed the runway due to complex landing maneuvers occasioned by the strong downdraft.”
“Aircraft did not crash or skid off the runway.”
“The Aircraft was taxied safely to the airport terminal and passengers disembarked without any problem. All Passengers and crew are safe and sound” he said.