Barely 35 minutes into a flight from Lagos to Accra On Tuesday, a twitter user, Balogun Adetutu said, the plane she boarded, Arik Air flight suddenly caught fire.
Unfortunately, the flight crew had no idea where the smoke was coming from and provided tissues in place of oxygen masks that weren’t available.
With no signs that the news would be reported in the media, Adetutu decided to share it on social media platform as she believed that there must have been a cover up.
@ArikAirlineNg @arikairflight flight w3304 airborne Accra on Tue 6/03/18 caught fire. D flight which took off at exactly 7.20pm was said to have caught fire barely 35min into its flight.HORRIBLE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: A NEAR CRASH INCIDENT ON ARIK AIR FLIGHT FROM LAGOS TO ACCRA.
Passenger: The name of the aircraft is STEPHEN. It was a Dash 8 NextGen propeller aircraft. The flight took off precisely 7.20pm (Lagos time) 35 minutes into the 55 minutes flight, I started perceiving something smelling like a burning stuff.
Shortly after the guy sitting next to me asked if I perceived any smell of burning stuff and that confirmed my worst fears. Before you could say jack, smoke has filled the cabin.
The air hostesses were busy scampering around opening the cabins and the lavatories to check if they could trace the source of the smoke without success.
While that continued, the oxygen masks that were always being advertised during the safety demo prior to take-off couldn’t be released instead we were handed tissue papers to use to cover our noses to minimize and filter out possible carbon monoxide inhalation.
About 5 minutes after, precisely with 15 minutes of flight time remaining, the pilot came on the public address system to inform us that they have smoke coming into the cabin and that they don’t know the source and that they have DECLARED EMERGENCY”.
At that point we knew that our lives were only in God’s hands. Everyone prayed to his/her Gods. To the glory of God, the flight successfully landed by 8.15pm (7.15pm Accra time) to the waiting of several fire service trucks at Kotoko International airport, Accra.
We were evacuated into a waiting bus with instruction to leave everything behind in the cabin. Sadly there was no Arik official to address us neither was there any manner of first aid attention given to the passengers to manage stress and possible elevated blood pressures.
After a while our cabin luggage were brought to us and we had to leave from there to go through the Ghana immigration to our individual destinations.
I’m highly discouraged that this near crash major incident was not reported in the media 2 days after (today is 08/03/2018) and I suspect a cover up by Arik and the authorities. So I have chosen to use the social media to ensure this news gets out.
Kindly keep forwarding this message till everybody is made aware of the quality and kind of services Arik air gives and the possible cover ups before something terrible happens.
@NCAAGOVNG should ground the plane until: – The circumstances of the mishap is known, – Why ArikAir put a plane without oxygen masks in the air? – Why ArikAir failed to provide support for traumatised passengers after landing?
ArikAir acted extremely irresponsible & knowingly endangered d lives of those passengers by breaching basic safety regulations.We demand a proper investigation into this incident.