The ground collision incident occurred between two aircraft belonging to Air Peace Airlines: a Boeing 737-500 with registration 5N-BQR and a stationary Boeing 737-300 with registration 5N-BQP. 5N-BQR was attempting to taxi between 5N-BQP and a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with registration 5N-MJJ belonging to Arik Airlines Nigeria Limited, which was boarding passengers at Bay 5 of the “Domestic Terminal 1 (DT1)” apron at the time of the incident.
Various factors contributed to the incident: the decision of the Captain to reposition the aircraft without requesting for a push-back, maneuvering the aircraft without the aid of Marshallers and instead relying on the company’s engineers who are inexperienced wing walkers; the decision of the crew to taxi the aircraft without properly assessing the maneuverability of the aircraft at the parking bay; the non-availability of proper apron markings and Marshallers; the presence of cautionary cones at strategic areas where repair work on the apron was awaiting cure.
The limited maneuvering space between 5N-BQP and 5N-MJJ also contributed to the incident.
Four Safety Recommendations were made.