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NSIB Report Reveals Landing Gear Failure In Dana Air Incident

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has released a preliminary report on an incident that involved an aircraft belonging to Dana Air at the Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport on April 23.

In the preliminary report released on Saturday, the bureau linked the incident to failed Nose Landing Gear.

The report stated that “prior to landing, the crew selected the landing gear down, and the Main Landing Gear Indication Lights displayed green. However, the Nose Landing Gear (NLG) Indication Light remained red.

“The crew followed established procedures by attempting to cycle the landing gear and performing the Emergency Gear Extension checklist. Unfortunately, the NLG remained in an unconfirmed down and locked position.

“During a low pass over the airport, Air Traffic Control (ATC) reported that the NLG appeared extended visually.

“Upon landing, the Ground Spoilers did not deploy automatically as expected.

“During the landing roll, the crew experienced severe vibration and loud noises from the NLG area. The NLG initially remained extended but ultimately collapsed at approximately 80 knots.

“The Captain ordered an evacuation due to safety concerns. Passengers and crew exited safely using the Forward Service Door and deployed an escape slide.”

The NSIB noted that this is a preliminary report, and the investigation is still ongoing.

It added that it will continue to gather and analyse evidence to determine the cause of the incident.

The aircraft, which took off from Abuja, was reported to have veered off the runway while attempting to land which  resulted in the immediate suspension of the airline’s operation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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