On Sunday 7 May, a Max Air scheduled domestic flight operating between Yola and Abuja in Nigeria experienced a tyre burst on landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 registered 5N-MBD experienced a double tyre burst on landing, resulting in the temporary closure of the international airport to traffic.
The Nigerian carrier Max Air commented via their social media channels, stating: “On May 7th, 2023, a Max Air flight with 143 passengers and 01 infant on board, departing from Yola at around 14:05, was scheduled to arrive in Abuja at 15:00.”
“However, the aircraft experienced two tire bursts on landing Abuja, and the emergency response team quickly responded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.”
We are pleased to report that all passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe and sound. The airline has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the passengers are comfortable and are being taken care of during this time.
“The aircraft tires are being replaced and the aircraft will taxi to the ramp for further investigations before being released for future flights.”
Photo Credits: Max Air
Airline Operators of Nigeria statement
The Nigerian airline collective group, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), issued a statement to social media following the incident, describing the media coverage of the event as “sensational reporting.”
Some local news sources had reported the incident, characterising it as a “crash landing.”
The AON sought to put perspective on the incident, stating, “Tire bursts occur now and then in the industry and has nothing to do with the airline’s safety standards.”
The group pointed to the fact that Max Air is one of the safest airlines in the world and urged the flying public to be mindful of the consequences of sensational reporting.
About Max Air
Max Air is a Nigerian airline based in Kano, Nigeria. It was founded in 2008 and has since grown to become one of the major domestic carriers in the country.
The airline primarily operates domestic flights within Nigeria, serving multiple destinations across the country.
Max Air’s fleet primarily consists of Boeing aircraft, including the Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-400, and Boeing 747-400.
As a domestic airline, Max Air focuses on providing scheduled passenger services within Nigeria. It serves popular destinations such as Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Maiduguri, Sokoto, and more.
The airline also offers charter services, catering to specific travel needs for organizations, groups, or individuals.
Max Air has gained recognition for its commitment to safety and operational standards. It adheres to international safety regulations and undergoes regular inspections and audits to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew.
The airline employs experienced pilots and cabin crew members who are trained to maintain high safety standards throughout all flights.
In addition to passenger services, Max Air also operates cargo flights, transporting goods and freight within Nigeria. The airline has dedicated cargo aircraft to facilitate the movement of goods, contributing to the country’s logistics and trade activities.
The airline has gained popularity among domestic travellers in Nigeria and has continued to expand its network and services over the past years.