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First Nation Airways Blames FAAN For Collision Of Its 2 Aircrafts In Lagos

PLANE-NLFirst Nation Airways has blamed officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the collision of its two of its aircrafts yesterday in Lagos.
An official of the airline, Rasheed Yusuf, in a statement said that if FAAN officials were diligent, the incident would have been avoided.
The statement reads in full: ”This Press Release is to clarify the ground incident that occurred on Friday, July 17, 2015. Our Aircraft Registered No. 5N-FND wing tip touched the wing tip of another sister aircraft already parked at another gate. This incident is avoidable if the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria marshallers had been diligent to avoid marshalling the aircraft wrongly.
“We urge the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to retrain the marshallers as we understand that the marshallers at MMA2 are deployed by FAAN under an MOU with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, the operator of MMA2, Ikeja. It is important to emphasize that at no time was the safety of passengers at risk.
“The regulatory authorities will also need to enhance oversight of the marshallers and their authorisation to arrest the growing incidents of aircraft damage on ground in Nigeria which is embarrassing. Besides the huge losses that First Nation and other airlines suffer as a result of avoidable ground incidents, you will recall that a similar incident involving Emirate aircraft occurred only a couple of days ago.
“First Nation Airways takes passengers’ safety seriously. The regulatory authority (NCAA) has been informed of the above incident. Aircraft has been assessed and repairs is ongoing to ensure that the aircraft return to service in strict compliance with the highest safety standard in accordance with industry best practices.
 “First Nation Airways since launch in 2011 continues to build high standard of operation with safety as the airline’s essential focus.” [myad]

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