Again,NAHCO Equipment Rams Into Air Peace Aircraft Third Time Within One Month

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The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc equipment today Wednesday rammed into an Air Peace Airbus aircraft A320 with registration number A320 ES-SAZ. at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, damaging the airplane and disrupting i the carrier’s flight operations from Lagos to Owerri.

AbelNews learnt that today’s incident brings to three the number of times in one month NAHCO equipment would damage Air Peace, aircraft.

AlbelNews gathered that in view of the frequency of the incident Air Peace is beginning to suspecti sabotage against its operations by some unscrupulous elements in the industry

He called on the relevant authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the incessant damage to its equipment by the staff of the handling company.

A source close to scene of the incident said it led to the damage of the aircraft elevator by the NAHCO stairs equipment.

The source, explained that prior to the incident, the aircraft was scheduled to operate the Lagos to Owerri for a 7a.m flight, while the same airplane was positioned for about 10 flights on the day of the incident.

Contacted , the Spokesman, for Air Peace, Stanley Olisa confirmed the incident ,adding that the incident occurred in the morning when the aircraft was scheduled to airlift passengers to Owerri from Lagos.

He suspected that its operations were being sabotaged by some people in the sector, wondering if it was meant to reduce its capacity.

“This is the third time in one month. The aircraft is now grounded and we don’t know when it will be up again. The NAHCO staff had no reason to be where he was. He was not assigned to the aircraft and how he rammed into our aircraft is still shocking.

“This is going to cause revenue loss for us as an airline. The aircraft was scheduled to operate several flights today (Wednesday), but could not do so, causing flight disruptions and delays.

“The authorities should investigate the incident and take necessary actions. We have made a formal complaint to NAHCO management on the development.”

Similarly, the Group Executive Director, Business and Corporate Services (GED), NAHCO, Dr. Sola Obabori, also confirmed the incident .

He, however, ruled out any form of sabotage from any staff of the handling company, saying that Air Peace as its prime client.

Obabori insisted that its entire staff, including the airside staff were well-trained and certified by both local and international bodies.

He emphasised that the handling company would investigate the incident, stressing that its management would discuss with Air Peace management on the matter

He added that the handling company had filed a report on the incident and that the company had commenced discussion with the airline on the incident.

According to him, “It is not possible for us to deliberately and maliciously damage our key customer’s equipment. We are doing the best that we can to take care of our customers. Air Peace is a key customer of NAHCO without any doubt. We share a very cordial relationship with them and we have been together all these years, we serve them diligently and professionally. Our staff are well-trained, accidents do happen. You will agree with me that aircraft do crash due to human error. In this particular case, our operative was driving to attend to another flight that arrived before Air Peace.”

“He was driving towards that direction and wanted to support that operation, but he committed an error in terms of processes he was supposed to follow, which he didn’t follow and that was what caused the incident. The guy had a blind spot, which prevented him from seeing well. We will review what has happened so that there will not be a recurrence again, “Ababori added

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