Near-Crash: Ad. Industry Saved Colossal Loss, AAAN to Reschedule 46TH AGM/Congress
The industry was yesterday (Thursday) averted huge human causality and loss of the crème-de-la-crème of the Nigerian advertising industry practitioners as the Air Peace flight to Asaba with Over 50 heads of top Nigeria advertising agencies on board, got involved in a near-crash incident.
In view of this, according to the President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, Mr. Ikechi Odigbo, it will be practically impossible to go ahead with the AGM/Congress as “members had been traumatized by their experience during the aborted flight”.
The association had scheduled its 46th AGM/Congress to hold in Asaba, the Delta State capital between yesterday, Thursday, 11 July – Saturday, 13.
However, the untoward experience occasioned by the poor weather condition and the visible fright on the AAAN delegates, Secretariat staff, other passengers and the airline’s crew members on board the Air Peace airline flight, compelled the immediate cancellation or putting the 46th AGM/Congress on hold as the flight had to return to Lagos.
As at the time of filing this report, some members involved in the near-crash were still visibly shaken when our correspondent spoke with them on phone. Although they preferred anonymity, all gave thanks to God for sparing their lives and saving the industry a colossal loss that can best be imagined.
A statement by the AAAN made available to the press by the Executive Director, Dr. Lekan Fadolapo as the “lucky” delegates returned officially called off the AGM explaining that the decision to reschedule the programme was reached, “following a near-plane crash experienced by members of the Association travelling to Asaba”.
The statement continues, “The flight, operated by Air Peace Airlines, had on board over 40 members of the Association, including industry leaders, when it took off from Lagos on Thursday, but could not land at the Asaba Airport due to the weather and other logistic issues, compelling a return to Lagos. The airline subsequently cancelled flight operations to Asaba on Thursday”.
Hinging on the gravity of the averted mishap, the AAAN President disclosed that “more than half of the expected delegates were on the flight”.
Hence, the AAAN President also noted in the statement that the postponement of the AGM/Congress was unavoidable because the Association’s Constitution stipulates that two-thirds of members must be present for an AGM to hold.
Noting that “members had been traumatized by their experience during the aborted flight”, he confirmed that a new date and venue of the AGM/Congress will be decided and communicated.