Ola Orekunrin of Flying Doctors Nigeria yesterday shared a photo of the Dana aircraft with its door open on her Twitter.
She wrote: the door had been unstable all through the flight, rattling. She had believed it was only a loose screw, she wrote.
However, upon touchdown, the door fell off.
Lagos Airportaauthority responds to the tweet, wrote that “it may appear” to be an issue with the door trim panel, but the main door remains secure.
Good morning Ola. It may appear to be an issue with the door trim panel but the main door remains secure. @DanaAir hereby Cc
One of the passengers on the flight, Dapo Sanwo, said the door panel was loose all through the flight, and described it as an indication of ‘lack of maintenance’.
Howvwer, Dana Air management issued a statement that Passengers on the plane had shared photos and stories of the door rattling all through the flight and then falling off after it landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
According to airline Media and Communications Manager Kingsley Ezenwa, Dana Air’s attention has been drawn to some online publication that the door of one of our aircraft fell off after landing and whilst taxing in Abuja today.
We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it.
By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger.
We also wish to enlighten the author that, when an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurized and there was no way the seat or door could have been ‘shaking’ as insinuated.
A thorough inspection was however carried out on the said aircraft upon landing in Abuja, by our engineers and a team from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and no issue was reported. There was also no threat to safety at any point.
The flight was only delayed for 8 minutes as we needed to demonstrate to the regulators that the safety and comfort of our guests is at the centre of our operations.
We wish to apologize to our guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos.