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[READ] 250 Escape Death as 2 Planes collide in Lagos

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Tragedy was averted at the second
terminal of the Murtala Muhammed
international airport in Lagos on Friday following a ground collision of two FirstNation Airways aircraft.

A similar incident occurred at the
airport on July 6 when aircraft
belonging to Emirates and Hak Air
collided.

Friday’s incident which happened at
about mid-day involved two Airbus
330 conveying about 250 passengers.
The two aircraft had their bodies
partially damaged as a result of the
collision.

A source at the airport told NAN that
one of the aircraft was taxiing from
the runway to MMA2 to disengage
passengers while the other aircraft
was preparing to take off to Port
Harcourt airport from the same
terminal.

The source alleged that the marshals
might have misdirected the pilot to
taxi to the wrong part of the apron.
The source added that the Port
Harcourt bound aircraft was parked at
Gate 4 while the arriving aircraft was
bound for Gate 3 of the terminal.

The marshals were said to have also
directed the arriving aircraft to the
same gate as the parked aircraft which led to the two wings brushing each other.

Following the incident, the Nigerian
Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)
grounded both aircraft immediately
while the airline asked passengers to
disembark and refunded the tickets of
the Port-Harcourt bound passengers.

Confirming the incident, Fan Ndubuoke, general manager, public affairs, said the issue had been referred to the accident investigation bureau (AIB) for further investigation.

Source: TheCableng.net


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