First Nation planes collide at MMA as tragedy occur

Tragedy was averted on Friday at the Murtala
Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 in Lagos following a
ground collision of two planes belonging to
FirstNation Airways.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a similar
incident had occurred at the airport on July 6,
following the collision of two planes belonging to
Emirates and Hak Air.
NAN gathered that Friday’s incident, which
happened at about mid-day, involved two Airbuses
330 conveying about 250 passengers.
The two planes had their bodies partially damaged
as a result of the collision.
A source at the airport told NAN that one of the
planes 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 pilot may have been
misdirected by the marshals to taxi to the wrong
part of the apron.
According to the source, the Port-Harcourt bound
aircraft was parked at Gate 4 while the arriving
aircraft was bound for the Gate 3 of the terminal.
However, the source claimed that the marshals
misdirected the arriving aircraft to the same gate
as the parked aircraft which led to their wings
brushing each other.
Following the incident, the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority immediately grounded both aircraft while
passengers were asked to disembark by the
airline.
NAN further gathered that the refunds of tickets
were made to passengers on the Port-Harcourt
bound aircraft by the airline.
The NCAA also confirmed the incident in a
statement issued by its General Manager, Public
Affairs, Mr. Fan Ndubuoke.
Ndubuoke said no passenger was hurt and that the
incident had been referred to the Accident
Investigation Bureau for further investigation.
He also reiterated NCAA’s commitment to safety
and security of passengers.
-NAN

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