An equipment of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc on Wednesday rammed into an aircraft belonging to Air Peace at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, damaging the aircraft elevator and causing disruption of its flight operations.
This was the third time in one month that such an incident would occur , a source close to the airside said.
A source with knowledge of the incident said the damaged aircraft was an Airbus A320 with the registration number: A320 ES-SAZ.
According to the source, before the incident occurred, the aircraft was scheduled to ferry passengers from Lagos to Owerri for a 7a.m flight, while the same airplane was positioned for about 10 flights on the day of the incident.
Air Peace spokesman, Mr. Stanley Olisa, confirmed that the incident occurred in the morning when the aircraft was scheduled to airlift passengers to Owerri from Lagos.
Group Executive Director, Business and Corporate Services (GED) of NAHCO, Dr. Sola Obabori, confirmed the incident but ruled out any form of sabotage from any staff of the handling company, describing Air Peace as its prime client.
Obabori insisted that its entire staff, including the airside staff were well-trained and certified by both local and international bodies.
He emphasised that the handling company would investigate the incident, stressing that its management would discuss with Air Peace management on it.
Olabori said that the handling company had filed a report on the incident, adding that the company had commenced an engagement with the airline on the incident.
He said: “It is not possible for us to deliberately and maliciously damage our key customer’s equipment. We are doing the best that we can to take care of our customers. Air Peace is a key customer of NAHCO without any doubt. We share a very cordial relationship with them 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. In this particular case, our operative was driving 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 and that was what caused the incident. The guy had a blind spot, which prevented him from seeing well. We will review what has happened so that there will not be a recurrence again.”