Two aircraft belonging to Air Peace on Monday had a slight collision with each other at the Murtala Muhammad II airport in Lagos state.
The collision happened as the aircrafts were trying to manoeuvre their way around the tarmac of the local terminal.
Air Peace spokesperson, Chris Iwarah, said the incident happened around 6.15 a.m. when its B737 aircraft with registration number 5N-BQR had “partial contact” with another B737 aircraft with registration number 5N-BQP.
“Although the points of contact of the two aircraft were only slightly impacted, we took the cautious decision to declare them unserviceable to enable proper investigation of the incident, checks and repair by our Engineering and Maintenance Department in line with our high safety standards,” Mr Iwarah said.
“There were no passengers on the two aircraft involved in the incident. We have also revised our flight schedule to cater to our esteemed guests on the 14 sectors the two aircraft were scheduled to service today.
However, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, denied that what happened was a collision.
“What happened was that one aircraft was packed. The other aircraft was trying to taxi and the wings of the one coming in touched the wings of the one on ground,” he said.
“If two airplanes collide, they will be on fire. But the two aircraft were both on ground and they have to repair the damage and we have to check them all over again before they can be cleared to return to service,” he said.