Nigerian Aircraft Pilots, Engineers beg air passengers to fly
By Oyise Oghene
Due to the poor patronage of air travellers as a result of the ill-fated Dana plane crash,-McDonnell Douglas 83 (MD83)- that crashed on Sunday in Iju-Shaga, Lagos, killing all 153 passengers on board, President of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Comrade David Isaac Balami yesterday implored Nigerian traveling public to fly stressing that the country would soon get over the crash.
Comrade Balami while addressing newsmen in a press conference at the Secretariat of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Balami stressed that Nigerians should feel free to fly adding that although it seem to be difficult at the moment but that the industry would soon pick up again.
According to him, “I want Nigerian to feel free to fly, it is not easy, it is not going to be easy but we are going to get over it, the government is interested, NCAA, they have been trying but they are going to do more, we will all sit up, it is not good to criticize us because, I can tell you that whether we like it or not, not because of the plane crash, we aviators, most of us have failed Nigerian’’
“Most of us as airline operators have failed Nigerian, even in the way we treat passengers, somebody come to buy a ticket it is as if the airline is doing the passenger a favour, flight is been delayed, there is no communication, there are so many ways that the aviation sector has hurt Nigerian citizens but we want to assure them that because of our relationship with management of each airline and the government, I am talking about NAAPE as a body, we are going to do everything possible to make sure that Nigerians have confident in the aviation sector once again and we are going to get there” he said.