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NAHCO ground equipment collides with Air Peace aircraft, damages plane

“The NAHCO staff had no reason to be where he was and he was not assigned to the aircraft and how he rammed into our aircraft is still shocking.”

• January 5, 2023
Air Peace Plane
Air Peace Plane[ Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Air Peace Airline has urged the aviation authorities to look into the ground handling equipment that collided and damaged its aircraft elevator at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.

Spokesman of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, who confirmed the incident in Lagos on Wednesday, said the aircraft was scheduled to fly passengers to Owerri from Lagos.

Mr Olisa explained that the aircraft was an Airbus A320 aircraft belonging to Air Peace with the registration number: A320 ES-SAZ and that the incident disrupted scheduled flight operations after one of the ground handling company’s equipment rammed into one of its aircraft.

“This same aircraft was positioned for about 10 flights on the same day. However, the incident changed all that, causing a ripple that affected the airline’s schedule,” the airline’s official. “This is the third time in one month that the aircraft is grounded, and we don’t know when it will be up again. The NAHCO staff had no reason to be where he was and he was not assigned to the aircraft and how he rammed into our aircraft is still shocking.”

The Air Peace official added, “This is going to cause revenue loss for us as an airline because the aircraft was scheduled to operate several flights today (Wednesday) but could not do so. This has caused flight disruptions and delays. Hence, the authorities should investigate the incident and take necessary actions.”

Mr Olisa said the airline had formally complained to NAHCO management about the incident.

Reacting, the Group Executive Director of Business and Corporate Services (GED), NAHCO, Sola Obabori, confirmed the incident.

Mr Obabori said, “We have a very cordial relationship with the airline, and we have been together all these years. We serve them diligently and professionally. Our staff are well-trained, accidents do happen. You will agree with me that aircraft do crash due to human error.”

The NAHCO official added, “In this particular case, the staff was driving on the runway to attend to another flight that arrived before Air Peace. He was driving towards that direction and wanted to support that operation, but he committed an error in terms of processes he was supposed to follow, which he didn’t follow.”


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