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.