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Air Peace Boss Decries Media Reports On Aircraft Incidents

Chairman Of Air Peace, Barr. Allen Onyema Urges Media To Eschew Sensational Reporting On Incidents Involving Airlines.

Anthony Awunor

Barely one week, a domestic airline-Aero flight NG181 undertook an emergency landing in Abuja following a depressurisation of the Boeing 737-500 aircraft, the Chairman of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema has urged media organisations to eschew sensational reporting on incidents involving airline.

He said such misrepresentations about airlines and their aircraft could trigger phobia in the minds of the flying public, saying that such development could also have ripple effects on air safety and the growth of the industry.

Onyema who made this observation on Monday in Lagos spoke against the backdrop of the incident involving Aero Airlines aircraft at the weekend, when the pilot in command professionally initiated diversion of the aircraft to Abuja due to depressurisation . Onyema said the way a section of the media reported the incidents was a misrepresentation of what transpired during the flight. “It was an unfortunate publication; though it was not about Air Peace but another airline.

I could feel their pains, the way the story was reported .The reportage was alarmists and could scare the flying public. Media houses should exercise professional restrain in matters of aviation because of sensational reports. This could have ripple effects on the domestic airline sector”, he said. According to Onyema, the report was totality misleading and far cry from what happened during the Aero flight, stressing that media organisations should realise they are stakeholders in aviation by carrying out constructive and developmental reporting to grow the aviation sector .

“The publication on the aircraft incident was unprofessional. The pilot acted professionally by following procedure by bringing the aircraft to a lower altitude. The pilot came down to 10,000 feet to where there is lower pressurisation . It is a non issue. Passengers should stop raising false alarm. This has the tendency to scare the flying public . “This is not good in Nigeria because passengers already have phobia for flying . Even when there is turbulence passengers scream. The media should act as an agent to transform the minds of the passengers for safety.

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