Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest airline, has reported three incidents of collisions on the ground within a month involving its planes, and now thinks this is an act of sabotage, reports our media partner, Nigerian Fligh Deck.
The number of collisions between vehicles and aircraft at airports has been increasing for years. Logically, the main reason for this development is the growth in air traffic, because more aircraft in the air means more on the ground.
Third collision in a month
However, that’s not the case with Air Peace which has claimed that the incidents were acts of sabotage, pointing to the fact that the collisions were caused by ground handlers who were not assigned to the planes in question and that the collisions were intentional.
According to the airline, on January 4, an employee of the ground handling company Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), had rammed an Airbus A320 aircraft with the registration ES-SAZ with a stair equipment so hard that the fuselage and elevator were so badly damaged that the jet had to be repaired for ten days.
“This is the third time in a month that one of our planes has been down,” an airline spokesman told the Nigerian Flight Deck portal. In addition, “it’s still shocking how he crashed into our plane,” the spokesman continued.
The ground service provider, NAHCO conducted an investigation and has since fired employees involved in the incidents.
NAHCO also requested the relevant authorities to investigate the allegations of sabotage.
Air Peace operates a fleet of 37 aircraft, offering both domestic and international routes. The affected aircraft is on a wet lease from Latvia’s Smart Lynx.