By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Air France plane on a flight from Paris to Lagos international Airport Sunday suffered a faulty tyre pressure indicator and the pilot was forced to call emergency. The plane with 178 passengers and crew members aboard was able to land successfully after the tyre pressure was later discovered to be in good condition by the pilot.
A statement Sunday night by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Fan Ndubuoke, said “ Air France with reg F-GZCC Paris – Los declares emergency with 168 Passengers and 10 Crew total 178 Passengers. Faulty Nose wheels, estimating Los 5pm, we have requested Passengers manifest from Air France.”
Ndubuoke further said “ The Captain has explained to NCAA that the left hand nose tyre pressure indicator was faulty which made him declare Emergency but the aircraft landed safely, as the tyre pressure was later discovered to be in good condition. Meanwhile NCAA has directed the Pilot to submit the MANDATORY OCCURRENCE REPORT.”
The mandatory occurrence report is usually submitted to the civil aviation authority after every incident or accident to enable the authority study and guide against future occurrence.