Two airplanes collide at Lagos airport

Two airplanes collide at Lagos airport

- There was a collision at the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport

- A Middle East Airlines and Turkish Airlines aircraft had a wing tip collision

- Efforts are ongoing to ascertain what transpired and the level of the accident or incident

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It was a chaotic sight at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday, July 29, after two airplanes collided at the cargo area of the airport.

The collision was between a Middle East Airlines Airbus A330 (OD-MEA) flight ME572 (Lagos-Beirut) and a parked Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER.

According to a tweet by Aviation in Nigeria, the winglet of the Middle East Airlines Airbus got clipped with the Turkish Airlines Boeing 777.

Business Day reports that sources close to airport authorities said the incident occurred when Turkish Airlines aircraft was taxiing out while Middle East Airlines plane was coming to park on the apron.

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Passengers on Turkish Airlines flight were reportedly made to disembark.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is yet to issue a statement on the incident.

Speaking with the Tribune Online on the phone, the public affairs manager of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Tunji Oketumbi, said the bureau was yet to commence an investigation into the incident.

Two airplanes collide at Lagos airport

A Middle East passenger plane, while taxiing rammed into a Boeing 777 plane belonging to Turkish Airlines which was parked on the tarmac. Photo Credit: Twitter/@AviationInNGA
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According to him, the bureau was making efforts to determine what transpired and the level of the accident or incident.

The AIB is the government agency responsible for investigating accidents and incidents.

According to him, the NCAA may handle the issue if the level of the collision did not cause deep damage to the aircraft to the extent that it cannot fly.

Lagos airport is currently trending on Twitter as Nigerians have taken to the app to share their views.

Someone described the planes as a flying coffin waiting to shatter on air.

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Another Twitter user said the lockdown has made them forget how to drive a plane.

Another user is wondering when 2020 will end.

The ban on airlines was lifted by the federal government was lifted in July. The first flight from Lagos departed with 78 passengers by 7:15 am from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) popularly known as MMA1 on July 9.

Legit.ng had reported that flight operations were greeted with a low turnout and strict protocols at the domestic airport as operations commenced after about four months of suspension of flights because of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Flight operations were said to have commenced with not less than four airlines flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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