By Chesa Chesa
The management of United Nigeria airline has cleared the air on the circumstances that led to a return to base of its Port Harcour-to-Abuja passenger flight resulting from bad weather conditions last Friday.
A statement issued by the airline’s Head of Corporate Communications, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, at the weekend, highlighted how a moderate midair turbulence brought out the professionalism of the experienced flight crew, which opted for a safe return to Port Harcourt.
Uchegbu explained that at no time was the aircraft in danger, and that the correct decision taken by the crew was in fact, applauded by the passengers.
He therefore, dismissed social media accounts that the pilots lost control of the aircraft as it “dangled” midair for over 30 minutes, insisting that nothing of such happened.
According to Uchegbu: “A United Nigeria flight on 4/6/2021 from PHC to ABV departed PHC with clear and good weather forecast.
“However on approaching Abuja experienced moderate turbulence which necessitated diverting back to Port Harcourt as weather conditions were below our operating requirements.
“The crew took the required and correct decision to return to PHC. Hence, at no time was the flight or aircraft in any danger whatsoever.
“Our experienced crew acted with utmost professionalism which the passengers highly and profusely commended and complimented.
“They praised United Nigeria for its high standards as well as professionalism. We however understand that passengers react to weather turbulence in different ways, but it would help to verify facts before going the social media route.
“At United Nigeria, we take safety seriously and as our number one priority and we reassure you that our crew exercise utmost care in all situations.
“We are in the rainy season and flight disruptions and turbulence will be experienced which regular travelers like you are well aware of. We hope you will provide accurate information to the public. Please contact us directly if you need more information.”