Conflicting accounts emerge over collapse of Dana Air emergency exit door


Dana AIr and two of its passengers are in disagreement over the circumstances that led to the falling off of one of its emergency exit doors at the end of a Lagos-Abuja flight on Wednesday.

A Twitter user, Ola Brown, had narrated how the plane’s exit door shook all through the flight and fell off immediately the plane touched down.

However, the airline said a passenger must have tampered with the exit door of the plane, causing it to fall off while landing on Tuesday.

“Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down it fell off. Scary stuff,” Brown tweeted.

“I was closer to the front so when I heard the sound, thought it was an explosion. Couldn’t quite comprehend that it had just fallen off.”

Another passenger of the flight, replying to Brown’s tweet, wrote: “Abeg If there is a class action lawsuit against Dana for gross negligence and endangering the lives of passengers. I want in, I also was on that flight:25d : The Door Panel was loose indicative of lack of maintenance.

It was really terrible. It was like traveling with a molue in the early 90s. Dana Air needs to carry out a comprehensive audit of her fleet and the maintenance status. If that hatch had opened mid air. We’d have lost cabin pressure, oxygen and surely have gone down.

But DanaAir released a statement insisting that the plane’s exit door must have been tampered with by a passenger or a crew member before it could fall off the way it did.

“We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it (exit door),” the statement said.



    “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.

    “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 apologise to our guests for any inconvenience such report may have caused and for the slight delay on the return service to Lagos.”

    Many Twitter users criticised DanaAir for the incident and called on the aviation authority to sanction the airline.

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