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Two Planes Collide at Airport in Nigeria

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 20, 2015

Two Planes Collide at Airport in Nigeria

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Local news outlets are reporting that two First Nation Airways planes collided Friday on the ground at Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Leadership Newspaper is reporting that one of the First Nation Airways flights was preparing to take off for Port-Harcourt Airport in Nigeria when it struck another airplane from the same company that was being taxied off the runway by airport crews.

The report claims that the two planes were Airbus 330s and had a combined 250 passengers and crew on board at the time of the accident. There were no injuries reported on the flights, and the passengers were all safely removed from both planes.

While there were no injuries, the two aircrafts suffered damaged in the collision.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) immediately grounded both planes in order to conduct a proper investigation, and the passengers onboard the flight to Port-Harcourt were offered refunds or alternative flights.

After checking over the damage and witness testimony, the NCAA handed the case off to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to determine the cause of the collision and how similar incidents can be avoided in the future.

NCAA spokesman Fan Ndubuoke told the Leadership Newspaper, “No passenger was hurt. Their fares have been refunded to them while NCAA has referred the incident to AIB. We wish to assure Nigerians, especially air passengers, that the NCAA remains committed to safety and security of passengers.”

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