The only thing more concerning than an emergency exit door falling off a plane during landing is when the airline blames passengers for it.
Dana Air is a regional airline in Nigeria. Despite having a motto of “The Smartest Way To Fly,” you may wish to consider other options. On a Dana Air domestic flight between Lagos and Abuja last week, dozens of passengers claimed the exit door of the MD-83 aircraft fell off upon landing.
Numerous passengers provided photographic and video evidence.
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
If there is a class action lawsuit against Dana for gross negligence and endangering the lives of passengers. I want in, I also was on that flight : 25d : The Door Panel was loose indicative of lack of maintenance. pic.twitter.com/TzDWnGboGJ
— DapoSanwo (@DapoSanwo) February 7, 2018
Scary. Another airliner off my list.. pic.twitter.com/hYADIA08Xu
— CAB van der Vinne (@JoopvanderVinne) February 7, 2018
But Dana Air claims it was all a sinister plot to discredit it and physically impossible without human intervention.
We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it.
By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinary cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger.
One problem, though: pesky witnesses. One passengers sitting in the exit row, stated:
I was one foot away from the emergency exit door, so I could see the handle was popping out.
Another passenger stated–
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.
An unsurprising cover-up.
This story from the airline that has the following banner on its homepage:
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