Nigerian airline, Airk Air, has released a statement contradicting claims of Nollywood actress, Uche Elendu, that one of its aircraft crash-landed due to a technical fault on Wednesday.
Uche Elendu had stated on her Instagram page on Wednesday that herself and other passengers headed for Asaba, Delta State from Lagos, narrowly escaped death after the faulty Arik Air plane developed a faulty gear mid air.
She said, “My flight, Arik Air from Lagos to Asaba just crash landed in a remote area. We were 10 minutes to Asaba but the gear failed and the Pilot had to reverse to Lagos. I’m on a 20 minutes bus ride to the terminal now, not a word of apology from the crew,” she wrote.
Contradicting Elendu's claims, the airline in a statement released via their official Instagram page on Wednesday, stated that the said aeroplane landed safely at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The statement reads: “One of our dash 8 Q-400 aircraft operating the Lagos-Asaba flight this evening made an air return to base due to a technical issue.
“The aircraft landed safely, and the Pilot in Command, in compliance with safety procedures, decided to disembark the passengers on the airside of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The aircraft was later taxied to the Arik Air hanger for maintenence action.”
While apologising for the inconvenience, the airline claimed it provided a substitute aircraft for the affected passengers.