Wednesday, October 10, 2012

► NIGERIA: IRS Airlines Fokker 100 collides with FAAN truck whilst taxiing at Lagos; no casualties.

In an incident that strongly resembles an Arik Air B737's run-in with the wing tip of a parked Nigerian Air Force C130 Hercules aircraft at Jos Airport in July, an IRS Airlines (LVB) Fokker 100, taxiing for departure as flight LVB3306 from Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos to Kano via Abuja (Nigeria), this morning (07h48L) hit a truck belonging to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). 

None of the 91 passengers on board was injured, though the aircraft sustained minor damager to its right wing tip.

IRS Airlines Managing Director, Yemi Dada, confirmed the incident in a statement:
An IRS Airlines F100 (J Havelaar)
An IRS Airlines F100 (J Havelaar)
''While taxiing on the taxi way, the aircraft captain observed a FAAN truck in a ditch. There were no marshallers around and neither was there any marking to indicate that it (truck) encroached into the taxi way. There was no notice to air men (NOTAM) issued to that effect as well. The Captain of the plane continued on his taxi and the wing tip of the aircraft hit a protrusion from the truck toward its rear.

This made the Captain to request for a return to the ramp (air side) from the tower and also notified the tower of the incident and the danger posed by the truck. The passengers were disembarked and re-accommodated on another aircraft which departed Lagos at 10:15 a.m.,''
the statement said.
Source [Panapress]

The incident has since been reported to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).