Air Crash: Passengers Panic Over Air Peace Boeing 737-Max 8 Order
Air travellers on Monday expressed worry over the recent order made by Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest domestic carrier, for the purchase of 10 Boeing 737 MAX jets, following the air accidents involving the particular type of aircraft in the past few months.
Although Air Peace clarified that it had yet to take delivery of the aircraft, some passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, urged the airline to review its deal with Boeing considering the fact that the aircraft in question was involved in two recent fatal accidents.
On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operating flight ET302 en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing 157 persons on board.
The Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crash was the second involving the B737 MAX 800 jets in the past four months following October 2018 crash that involved a Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people on board.
“The air accidents involving the particular type of aircraft are becoming too much and frightening. It’s even more terrifying to know that our own Air Peace is about taking delivery of that type of aircraft,” Anyaogu Stanley, a passenger at the NAIA, said.ALSO WATCH TONY AND JONA ON BOUNCE DAILY ROUND
Another traveller, Emmanuel Onyekanmi, said, “Let’s hope the management of Air Peace will review their position as regards the purchase of those aircraft until the issues with the aircraft are adequately resolved.”
On September 14, 2018, Air Peace signed a deal with the United States-based airline manufacturer, Boeing, for the purchase of 10 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Allen Onyema, had stated that the order would arrive soon, adding that the airline’s fleet of aircraft had risen to 37.