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Air transport still safest
Anytime there is a plane crash in Nigeria is when everybody becomes overnight experts, making careless statements capable of distorting facts.
This bad habit has again reared its head with the unfortunate June 3 crash of an MD 83 aircraft belonging to DANA Air which crashed into the residential area of Iju/Ishaga in Lagos, killing over 160 people on board and on ground.
Many of the emergency experts have speculated about the likely cause of the crash which has been condemned by professionals within and outside the country. Even passengers have joined the band wagon of the experts as many have suddenly taken over the role of aircraft inspectors.
Only last week, news went round that an aircraft belonging to a domestic carrier had to abort one of its flights when one of the engines of the aircraft slated to operate the flight suffered oil leakage.
Those behind the news were some passengers who were to board the flight according to information gathered. Key players in the industry, who have reacted to the development, have expressed their worries as to how people are trying to add to the tension the DANA Air crash had already created.
As rightly stated by the stakeholders, it has become pertinent to appeal to all, including passengers, not to capitalise on the present situation on ground to create unnecessary panic.
In the first place, the decision of the affected airline to abort the flight because of the oil leakage observed on an engine of the plane was done in line with aviation safety rules; therefore, the pilot that took the decision deserved to be commended.
The decision to abort the flight was definitely taken to save lives and perhaps prevent unnecessary tragedy, so there is no need for anyone to start creating panic over this.
Oil leakage in aircraft engine is not peculiar to Nigeria airlines as it can happen to aircraft being used anywhere. people should therefore stop creating fear about air transport in the country.
The need for people to stop unnecessary talks becomes critical in order not to scare people away from flying after the unfortunate crash.
All these things that are being exaggerated here also happen even in developed countries more often and that has not stopped people from that clime from flying.
People should not unnecessarily get panicky about flying each time there is a crash because from all indications and records, travel by air is still much safer and faster than travel by road.
Besides, the number of road casualty are far more than air casualty, but it’s just that once it happens the number of people that are involved at a go is usually high.
It is at this juncture that Crucial Moment is appealing to people not to get scared from flying because all is not as bad as they think.
In all honesty, the present management of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), led by its director-general, is more than qualified as it has been attested to by even international communities. It is just that when accident will occur, nothing can stop itShare