Aviation Company Responds To Allegation of Tampering With Adeleke’s Aircraft Engine

The management of Quits Aviation has debunked allegations that it tampered with the engine of the Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft, owned by Deji Adeleke, the elder brother of Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke.

The management in a statement issued on Tuesday said that no one could tamper with the engine of the aircraft because it was under 24-hour security surveillance, whose CCTV footage has shown no record of tampering.

Ademola Adeleke posing in front of an aircraft

Recall that the spokesperson of the Osun State Governor, Olawale Rasheed, on Sunday confirmed that Governor Ademola Adeleke, and some of his aides recently escaped an aircraft crash.

According to Rasheed, the engine of an aircraft carrying the governor was probably tampered with.

A national daily reported that an aircraft conveying Adeleke and some of his aides nearly crashed on September 5, while trying to take off from Lagos for a journey to Abuja.

The story was confirmed by Rasheed in a statement issued on Sunday, noting that initial reports from the internal investigation indicated the likelihood of sabotage.

But the management of Quits Aviation in a statement on Tuesday stressed that the company is a reputable and credible aviation entity with an outstanding track record of Aircraft Management, Maintenance, Operations, and Handing services.

The statement read, “Under an aircraft parking agreement with the owner/operator of aircraft (Bombardier Challenger 605, registration marks 5N-ATA), Quits Aviation is responsible for providing suitable and secured parking space at its premises, whilst the owner/operator is responsible for the technical parking procedures in accordance with the respective Aircraft Maintenance Manuals.

“The aircraft was parked at Quits Aviation premises before the date of the incident on 04.09.2023. During parking, the aircraft was under 24-hour security surveillance and there is no record of observed tampering or security infringements.

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“According to CCTV footage observed, the following can be confirmed: On the day of the flight (04.09.2023) at approximately 08:45, the aircraft was towed from its parked position and repositioned close to the Legend Business Hangar to begin with flight preparation procedures.

The management insisted that besides towing the aircraft from its parking space to another location before the time of Adeleke’s flight on September 4, 2023, the CCTV footage revealed no record of tampering or security infringement.

The statement added, “It is confirmed that the aircraft had been parked with no engine cover protection. Except for the towing movement, there was no other interference to its airframe or engines.

“At approximately 13:18 of the same day, the aircraft doors were opened for flight preparation activities until the aircraft departed for its intended flight at approximately 15:20.

“The aircraft later returned to the ramp, eventually to then leave the Quits Aviation premises at approximately 17:12.

“Quits Aviation regrets the incident and confirms its full cooperation with relevant stakeholders and authorities performing an investigation of the incident.

“In promotion of safety, Quits Aviation recommends to its tenants to park aircraft in strict compliance with the Aircraft Maintenance Manual Procedures, requiring that open orifices and engines are always covered to prevent Foreign Object Damage or infestation.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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