Air Peace airline, yesterday, grounded two of its planes after they collided when one of them was being towed at the ramp of the General Aviation Terminal, GAT, of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to position for departure.
One of the planes, a B737 aircraft with registration mark 5N-BQR wings brushed the wings of another stationary plane with registration mark 5N-BQP on the ramp. There were no passengers on the two aircraft involved in the incident. This incident is coming barely 48 hours after Aero Contractors Lagos bound flight with 53 passengers on aboard developed fault mid-air.
Air Peace said as a precautionary measure, the two aircraft have been taken out for proper checking and servicing. And the two planes flight schedules for the day have been rescheduled and will be absolved by other planes in the fleet.
Reacting to the incident, Mr Christian Iwara, Corporate Communication, Air Peace, 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.”
“Although the points of contact of the two aircraft were only slightly impacted, we 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 our high safety standards.
“There were no passengers on the planes involved in the incident. “We have also revised our flight schedule to cater to our esteemed guests on the 14 sectors the two aircraft were scheduled to service today.
“At the moment, everything is working according to plan and our engineers have already begun repair of the aircraft.”
Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has begun investigation into the incident which is the standard aviation practice.