Lagos International Airport
A Kano-bound IRS Airlines plane departing the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Wednesday morning collided with a truck beside the taxiway, forcing the pilot to cancel the flight.
The wing of the Fokker-100 aircraft, it was learnt, collided with the truck which fell into drainage on Tuesday.
The truck belongs to a Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria contractor.
The 91 passengers on board the flight were later disembarked and put in another plane which left for Kano three hours later.
A statement by the Managing Director of IRS, Mr. Yemi Dada, confirmed the incident.
The statement quoted Dada as saying “This morning our flight LVB 3306 taxied out on a Lagos to Kano flight with a transit stop at Abuja. The aircraft taxied out at 7:48am with 91 passengers. While taxing on the taxi way the Captain observed a FAAN truck in a ditch. There were no marshals around it neither was there any marking to indicate that it encroached into the taxi way. There was no Notice To Air Men (NOTAM) issued to that effect as well.”
He added, “The captain continued on his taxi and the wing tip hit a protrusion from the truck towards the rear of the truck. This made the captain requests a return to ramp from the tower and also notify the tower of the incident and the danger posed by the truck.
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