The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has explained how the collision between two planes happened at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, while giving an update today on the incident which happened on Wednesday, July 29, said there was no any form of injury or fatality recorded by passengers during the collision.
“The incident involved an Airbus A330-243 with the Nationality registration Marks, OD-MEA operated by Middle East Airline and a Boeing 777 with Nationality and Registration Marks, TC-LJC operated by Turkish Airline,” Oketunbi revealed.
He explained that the Turkish Cargo was packed at its slot when the other plane ran into its tail and damaged parts of the plane.
He said, “The Turkish cargo aircraft was parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it, cutting through the tail cone and damaged part of the right horizontal stabilizer of the Turkish aircraft. All passengers on the Middle East Airline had to disembark with no injury or fatality.”
The spokesman urged Nigerians not pre-empt the cause of the serious incident not until a formal report is presented.
On his part, Alabi Joseph, PPRO Airport Police Command, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, confirmed also that no casualty was recorded from the incident, adding that the two planes are currently been examined.
Joseph reiterated that the Middle East Airline, which came to transport some Indian nationals, was about taking off when one side of it wings got damaged by the Turkish Aircraft, accidentally.
He added, “I also want to state categorically that, airlines coming to and fro MMIA in Lagos were not on commercial basis. They have been conducting evacuation since ban on commercial flights was ordered.”