A Boeing 777-200 belonging to Emirates Airline was on Monday night involved in a ground collision at the Lagos airport with a B737-400 owned by HAK Air and the incident is being investigated, the Nigerian Air Accident Investigation Bureau said in a statement on Tuesday.
The incident happened at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos around 9:30pm (Local Time).
“Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) promptly deployed a team of investigators to determine the circumstances surrounding the serious incident with a view to making make possible safety recommendations,” said Tunji Oketunbi, the agency’s spokesman.
“The aircraft marked A6-EWD was taxiing for a take-off en-route Dubai when its wing tip cut into the B737-400 aircraft parked on the apron of the domestic wing of the airport. While the Emirates aircraft had a little damage on its wing tip the Hak Air B737 sustained substantial damage.
“The Emirates flight was aborted and the passengers were evacuated immediately,” Oketunbi added.
He said the Commissioner/CEO of AIB, Dr Felix Abali on Tuesday inspected the scene of the occurrence and promised that the investigation shall be handled with speed.
“Every incident is a safety issue that must be thoroughly investigated. This will help in preventing accidents and sustain safety in aviation. This investigation will be conducted with speed”, he said.