A Nigerian airlines blamed its passengers for having tampered with the plane’s emergency exit door that fell off during landing.
According to reports, The Dana Air flight from Lagos was on the runway at Abuja airport when the emergency exit door fell out.
Ola Orekunrin, a doctor from Lagos, tweeted that the “exit door fell off” the Nigerian airliner as they touched down in the city on their 6.48 am flight from Lagos to Abuja. She added that the door had been “unstable throughout the flight.”
Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down it fell off. Scary stuff. pic.twitter.com/eDtTlNi2TZ
— Ola Brown(Orekunrin) (@NaijaFlyingDr) 7 February 2018
The airline however said that there was “no way” the door could have fallen off without a passenger having tampered with it.
Dapo Sanwo, from Lagos, told the BBC: “The flight was noisy with vibrations from the floor panel. I noticed the emergency door latch was loose and dangling.
Scary. Another airliner off my list.. pic.twitter.com/hYADIA08Xu
— CAB van der Vinne (@JoopvanderVinne) 7 February 2018
“When we landed and the plane was taxiing back to the park point, we heard a poof-like explosion, followed by a surge of breeze and noise. It was terrible.”
In a statement, Dana Air said “categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger” to open the door.
The Dana door issue & their press statement states why no one should ever fly that commercial airline again. Rather than apologize and take responsibility for their ineptitude,they chose to blame an imaginary passenger. #dana
— Adedunmade Esq. (@adedunmade) 7 February 2018
It added: “By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinary cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger.
After losing 3 friends on #Dana Air, I made up my mind never to fly Dana again. I haven’t ever since. I wasn’t afraid of death, I was afraid of Dana’s mediocrity and their avoidable disasters. So I’m not surprised about “the falling door”!
— Kola Oyeneyin | 🇳🇬 (@MrSleevesUp) 8 February 2018
“When an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurized and there was no way the seat or door could have been ‘shaking’ as insinuated.”
The airline said its engineers and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority inspected the plane upon landing and found there was “no issue” and “no threat to safety at any point”.