Preliminary report on airport ground collision ready soon


Lagos Airport

ACCIDENT Investigation Bureau (AIB) may soon release the preliminary report of its investigation into the collision of Emirates B777-400 and HAK Air B737-400 which occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on July 6, 2015.

The Bureau has however raised not fewer than eight safety recommendations addressed to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on how to improve safety at the airport.

The Emirates B777-400 was taxiing for take-off when its wing tip collided with the HAK Air aircraft, which was parked at the apron of the airport’s General Aviation Terminal (GAT). No one was injured but the B737-400 sustained substantial damage.

A similar incident involving two aircraft belonging to First Nation Airways occurred at the same airport on July 17, 2015 when a A319 taxiing into the terminal hit another parked A319 aircraft at the apron.

AIB is also conducting investigations into the serious incident involving Aero Contractor at the airport on July 21, this year in which its Abuja bound flight was aborted.

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