by Adeniyi Abdul
Concerns over Nigeria’s aviation industry have been understandable high since the occurrence of the Dana Air crash last month and this latest mishap is only bound to raise tensions further.
This latest incident occurred on Saturday at the Jos Airport in Plateau State where an Arik Air plane with registration number 5NMJI brushed a stationary Nigerian Air Force C-130 (NAF 917). The Arik aircraft had several passengers on board and was taxing to take off to Lagos when it’s wing crashed into the wing of the Air Force plane which was waiting to board and airlift students of the Air Force Military School and Air Force Girls Military School, causing second degree damage to both planes. This was made known by Wing Commander A. Makun in a statement on behalf of the director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Airforce.
“An Arik Airline Boeing 737-700 with registration No 5NMJI on a routine flight to Lagos brushed the wing of a parked Nigerian Air Force C-130 (NAF 917) at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang Jos,” Makun said.
“The incident happened at about 1345hrs today (yesterday) when the Arik aircraft was taxing at the airport tarmac in preparation for take-off. The tank 1 wing tip of the NAF C-130 was damaged while the wing of the Arik aircraft was dismembered and hung on the NAF aircraft.
“There was no casualty recorded during the incident, however, the two aircraft had to abort their missions.
The NAF C-130 was in Jos to airlift students of the Air Force Military School and Air Force Girls Military School. Meanwhile, a joint investigation by the Nigerian Air Force and Arik Air management has commenced”.