ACCIDENT Investigation Bureau, AIB may soon release the preliminary report of its investigation into the collision of Emirates B777-400 and Hak Air B737-400 that occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
The head of AIB public affairs, Tunji Oketunbi stated that the Bureau has however raised not fewer than eight safety recommendations addressed to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on how to improve safety at the airport.
The Emirates B777-400 was taxiing out for take-off when its wing tip collided with the Hak Air aircraft, which was parked at the apron of the airport’s General Aviation Terminal (GAT). No one was injured but the B737-400 sustained substantial damage.
A similar incident involving two aircraft belonging to First Nation Airways occurred at the same airport on July17, 2015 when a A319 taxiing into the terminal hit another parked A319 aircraft at the apron.
Oketunbi noted that AIB is also conducting investigations into the serious incident involving Aero Contractor at the airport on July 21, 2015 in which its Abuja bound flight was aborted.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 lost a tire on take-off, which necessitated the crew to make an air return.
According to him, also being handled by AIB is the investigation into the serious incident involving a hawker 125-800XP aircraft belonging to Swat Technology Limited with registration Number N497AG in Port Harcourt on June 11 in which the aircraft veered off the runway on landing at the airport. The aircraft sustained substantial damage but there was no injury to the passengers and crew.

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