- Footage from inside the Dana Airlines flight showed a gaping hole in the plane
- One passenger said the door had been unstable during the flight to Abuja
- Airline is denying responsibility; they are blaming someone on board
Passengers of a Nigerian airline were horrified when their plane’s emergency exit door fell off upon touchdown. But the airline is denying responsibility; they are blaming someone on board.
The Dana Air flight had only just arrived at its destination and was taxiing on the runway when the emergency exit door fell, causing a “poof-like explosion”, one passenger reported.
One of the passengers on the flight, said the door panel was loose all through the flight; a situation he described as an indication of “lack of maintenance.”
Another passenger, Ola Brown, took to his Twitter account to express his frustration; said the experience was scary. Brown narrated that the exit door of the aircraft was unstable all through the flight; adding that it fell off as soon as the aircraft landed.
“Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout flight. As we touched down, it fell off. Scary stuff,” he wrote on twitter.
Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down it fell off. Scary stuff. pic.twitter.com/eDtTlNi2TZ
— Ola Brown(Orekunrin) (@NaijaFlyingDr) February 7, 2018
“The flight was noisy with vibrations from the floor panel. I noticed the emergency door latch was loose and dangling,” passenger Dapo Sanwo said, via BBC. “The cabin crew tried to say a passenger pulled the hatch which everyone denied. They also tried to get us to stop taking videos or pictures.”
In a statement, Dana Air denied there were issues with the door during the flight.
“The emergency exit doors of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or a conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger,” the company said.
Nigeria has historically had a poor air safety record. In 2012, a Dana Air flight crashed in Lagos, killing all 153 people on board.
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