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NSIB solicits information in probe of Max Air accident

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has called on the aviation community to volunteer information – pictures, videos or recordings – that would assist its investigation of the Max Air Boeing 737-400 accident.

A Max Air Boeing 737-400 aircraft, with 144 passengers and six crew members, experienced a burst tyre on landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on May 6.Such information, the NSIB said, will provide useful guide in its investigation into the incident.General Manager (Public Affairs), Tunji Oketumbi, said personnel of the Bureau were the first responders that arrived at the scene to evacuate passengers from the aircraft without any injury or fatality.Investigations by The Nation reveal that the aircraft is currently being fixed by engineers attached to the carrier at the Abuja Airport before it can be certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as fit to return to operations.Meanwhile, the NCAA has picked holes in the portrayal of the incident, saying exaggerated reporting will create unnecessary fear in the public.

According to its Director General, Cpt. Musa Nuhu, the relevant aeronautical authorities took steps to mitigate the situation in bringing the disabled aircraft to the single runway of the Abuja Airport following a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Nuhu said: “All relevant agencies, including NCAA, FAAN, NAMA and NSIB, swung into action collaboratively to ensure the prompt removal of the disabled aircraft from the runway and reopening of the airport for flight operations.”


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