Saturday 29th April, 2017
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2 Air Peace aircraft grounded over collision

2 Air Peace aircraft grounded over collision

Barely 24 hours after an Aero Contractors aircraft expe­rienced heavy smoke, two aircraft belonging to Air Peace yesterday had a ground colli­sion incident with another air­craft parked at the apron wing of the Murtala Muhammed Air­port, Lagos.
The incident occurred about 6.15am when one of the aircraft, a Boeing 737 with the registra­tion number 5NBKR was tax­iing to relocate to the interna­tional wing for a regional flight operation.
The clipping of the wings, has however led to the grounding of the two aircraft, which are now parked at the apron wing of the airport.
The spokesman for Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah, confirmed the incident, saying that although the points of contact of the two air­craft were only slightly impact­ed, the airline took the cautious decision to declare them unser­viceable to enable proper inves­tigation into the incident, make some checks and repairs by its Engineering and Maintenance Department in line with our high safety standards.
According to him, there were no passengers on the two aircraft involved in the incident.
“We have also revised our flight schedule to cater for our esteemed guests on the 14 sec­tors the two aircraft were sched­uled to service today.
“At the moment, everything is working according to plan and our engineers have already begun repairs of the aircraft,” he said.
Attempts to reach the spokes­man of the Nigerian Civil Avia­tion Authority, Mr. Sam Adurog­boye, was futile, as at the time of filing this report.
It would be recalled that about a year ago, two aircraft of FirstNation, Airbus 310 also brushed each other’s wings at the airport.
One of the aircraft was taxing from the runway to Murtala Mo­hammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos to disengage passengers while the other aircraft was pre­paring to take off to Port Harcourt Airport from the same terminal.
The management of the air­line then, accused the marshallers of misdirecting the two pilots.
It would also be recalled that within the same period, an Emir­ates aircraft, Boeing 777-200 with over 300 passengers onboard had a ground collision with Hak Air aircraft parked at the apron.
The Emirates aircraft, with the flight number EK782 Lagos to Dubai had its righthand wingtip with contact with the tail of a Hak Air aircraft parked at the apron of the airport.

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