Two Airpeace Aircraft Grounded Following Collision .


Two Air Peace B737 aircraft with registration numbers 5N-BQR and 5N-BQP were alleged collided at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos ramp.

The collision was said to have caused some damage to the two airplanes.

This is happening less than 24 hours after embattled Aero aircraft with 53 passengers from Port Harcourt to Lagos made emergency landing at Lagos Airport,

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA confirmed the incident, adding that it was investigating the collision of two Air Peace B737 aircraft.

NCAA spoke through its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said NCAA was investigating the incident, but that the two airplanes would have to be certified by the NCAA before they can operate again.

The Corporate Communication Manager, Mr Christian Iwarah, also confirmed the incident.

A statement titled by Iwarah titled, “Press Statement On Ramp Incident Involving Two Of Our Aircraft” said, We confirm that at about 6.15am today, the winglet of our B737 aircraft with registration mark 5N-BQR, which was being towed within the very limited space at the ramp of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos to position for departure, had a partial contact with the stabiliser of another of our B737 aircraft with registration mark 5N-BQP.”

He explained that although the points of contact of the two aircraft were only slightly impacted, the airline took the cautious decision to declare them unserviceable to enable proper investigation of the incident, checks and repair by our Engineering and Maintenance Department in line with its high safety standards.

He stated that there were no passengers on the two aircraft involved in the incident, adding that the airline has also revised its flight schedule to cater for its esteemed passengers on the 14 sectors the two aircraft were scheduled to service.

Iwarah said that at the moment, everything is working according to plan, as the carrier’s engineers have already begun repair of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, the two airplanes have been grounded as a result of the incident.

NCAA has began Investigation to Re-Certify the Airplanes before returning to the skies.

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