Ground Collision: Air Peace Boeing 737-500 aircraft, 5N-BQR/ Air Peace Boeing 737-300 aircraft, 5N-BQP; GAT, MMA Lagos, 20th April 2017

SYNOPSIS

  • Report No
    AIRPEACE/2017/04/20-001
  • Reg. No
    5N-BQR/ 5N-BQP
  • Operator
    Air Peace Limited
  • Aircraft Type
    Boeing 737-500/ 737-300
  • Occurence
    Incident
  • Report Date
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 

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.

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