Nigerian airline blames passengers after exit door falls off

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'I wonder what would have happened if the door fell off mid-air'.

THIS is the unbelievable moment an emergency plane door FALLS OFF as it lands, leaving petrified passengers panicking - only for the airline to say the incident was THEIR fault.

The airline insisted there was "no way" the door could have fallen off without a passenger making "a conscious effort" to open it. All passengers were questioned but they denied any tampering.

"When we landed and the plane was taxiing back to the park point, we heard a poof-like explosion, followed by a surge of breeze and noise".

He said the airline's passengers praised the captain and cabin crew for their security consciousness and professionalism for insisting on thorough screening of the Abuja-bound flight after the incident.

In the short clip most passengers are seated for landing but some get out of their seats to inspect the absent door and take pictures.

Ola Brown, who was also travelling on the flight, said on Twitter: "Did you hear [the door] rattling the whole flight?"

Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Iwarah said: "We are sincerely grateful to all our wonderful guests on board Flight 7138 for their support, patience and cooperation throughout the precautionary security checks conducted by Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) squad, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Aviation Security (AVSEC) and our security team after suspected thieves opened the cargo hold of our aircraft holding for departure on Runway 18R (A1) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 7.35pm on Thursday, February 08, 2018".

But a statement from Dana Airlines said the door would have been fully pressurised when the flight was airborne and a passenger must have caused it to open.

In defence, Dana Air in a statement responded by saying that "categorically this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger in the plane" to the exit door.

The company said: "The emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily can not fall off without tampering or a conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger".

Dana Air does not have clean sheet.

Dana Air's licence was suspended in 2012 and again in 2013 after two deadly crashes. It only resumed flights after January 2014. It is not clear in this case how such an accident resulted, however it shows airlines need ensure the emergency doors- which are accessible to passengers for an emergency situation-are not mishandled.

However, a passenger on board told the BBC that everyone on board had denied tampering with the door.

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