On 26th January, 2022, at 09:02:13 h, an ERJ-135BJ aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BXK and operated by Max Air Limited requested for Engine Start clearance for a chartered flight from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) to Margaret Ekpo Airport Calabar (DNCA) having fuel endurance of 6 hours. On board the aircraft were six passengers and three crew members, including the Pilot, Co-pilot and Cabin Crew. The Pilot was the Pilot Flying (PF) while the Co-Pilot was the Pilot Monitoring (PM). The aircraft was parked at an unmarked position on the Apron of General Aviation Terminal (GAT) the previous day.
At 09:03:00 h, Air Traffic Control (ATC) responded “5N-BXK QNH 1012 temperature 28o time 08:03 (UTC) squawk 0407 Runway 22 start is approved” and 5N-BXK acknowledged the clearance.
At 09:06:18 h, the flight crew completed the AFTER START Checklist and at 09:06:26 h, they requested for Taxi Clearance. ATC cleared 5N-BXK to taxi to Holding Point Runway 22 (RWY 22) and the flight crew acknowledged the clearance. At this moment, there was no Ground Handling Agent of Max Air to assist the flight crew with wingtip clear watch during the taxi and the only Marshaller on duty at the GAT was attending to another aircraft.